In Memoriam - Honoring the lives of longtime League members and supporters

Mary Lee Burrus passed away on October 13, 2020. Over the years, Mary Lee served LWV-Houston as a Board Director, Secretary and Nominations Committee Chair. As a premier policy discussant, she guided conversations that explored human trafficking, environmental topics, issues of social justice and all manner of electoral proceedings. Mary Lee radiated goodness and was a friend to many; she will be greatly missed. You can read her church's beautiful obituary here and Houston Chronicle tribute here

Trish Frye, longtime member and friend of the League, passed comfortably on September 28, 2020 after a thirteen-month battle with brain cancer. We offer our sincerest condolences to her family and all who are grieving the loss of this wonderful lady. Please see

Gloria Herman passed away on August 14, 2020 at the age of 96. Gloria served as President of the League of Women Voters of Houston from 1950 - 1951. She was an unfailing supporter of our Repast luncheons, always taking an honored place at the Suffragist Circle table. Gloria was also a voter registration superstar, welcoming new citizens to the electorate with enthusiasm. You can read more about Gloria here: We offer our sincerest condolences to Gloria's family and will always be grateful for what she did to empower voters and defend democracy.

Lila Lerner, a long-time friend and supporter of the League of Women Voters, passed away on July 28, 2020. Lila was an enthusiastic volunteer deputy voter registrar at Naturalization Ceremonies, participating in the voter registration of many new citizens over the years. Her tremendous dedication made a significant difference in the lives of others. An account of her full, active life and her ongoing support of the League is at

Matilda Melnick passed away on July 19, 2020. She was a lifelong supporter of civil rights and equal justice, and contributed to multiple charitable and non-profit organizations including the League of Women Voters. Her obituary can be found at

Martha Murphree passed away on June 1, 2020. She had served LWV-Houston as an exemplary treasurer, organizational vice president, board trustee and Repast organizer. Most of all, she won our hearts with her boundless optimism and good cheer.

Martha's church has published a lovely series of remembrances, which can be found here:

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