UPDATE: Former councilwoman Almeta Crayton hospitalized in serious condition

Wednesday, October 9, 2013 | 4:10 p.m. CDT; updated 8:41 p.m. CDT, Monday, October 21, 2013

*Update: This article has been updated to include Crayton's condition Thursday morning.

COLUMBIA — Almeta Crayton, a community activist and Columbia's first black city councilwoman, was hospitalized Tuesday and remained in serious condition Thursday morning.

Crayton entered a coma because of a heart problem, her friend Scott Cristal said. She has suffered from kidney disease.

Crayton was in serious condition at Boone Hospital Center Thursday, media relations manager Jacob Luecke said.

Crayton served three terms on the Columbia City Council, representing the First Ward, according to previous Missourian reporting.

"She was ... very concerned about things that were going out there and making sure that money got down to the First Ward," Cristal said.

Crayton has also been involved in community projects, including an annual turkey giveaway called "Everyone Eats!" Crayton has been organizing the giveaway for more than a decade, according to a previous Missourian article.

She was the winner of 2003 Columbia Values Diversity Award and 2000 Community Diversity Enhancement Award.

Cristal said he has known her for years.

"I sell furniture, and she's been buying from our family for years, and I’ve known her through politics," he said.

Missourian reporters Ben Walton and Casey Nighbor contributed to this report.

Supervising editor is Margaux Henquinet.

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