Columbia City Council honors Almeta Crayton with moment of silence

Monday, October 21, 2013 | 8:22 p.m. CDT; updated 8:35 p.m. CDT, Monday, October 21, 2013

COLUMBIA — Almeta Crayton was honored with a moment of silence at the start of Monday's Columbia City Council meeting.

Crayton, who served three terms as First Ward councilwoman from 1999 to 2008, died Monday afternoon. She was Columbia's first black councilwoman.

Mayor Bob McDavid recognized Crayton's accomplishments and led those in attendance in a moment of silence lasting about 20 seconds before reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.

"Columbia lost a huge heart today, and a true soul," McDavid said. "Almeta Crayton left a legacy that is one we all strive for. In other words, she left Columbia a better place than she found it."

Crayton was involved with her ward through charity efforts such as the Everyone Eats! food drive. She helped form the Youth Empowerment Zone, a community outreach group to help young adults train for jobs.

Crayton also played a part in forming the Neighborhood Response Team, a group committed to helping Columbia by cleaningup litter, messy yards, cracked sidewalks, and broken windows and porches.

She was known for her willingness to engage her constituents, often from her porch, according to previous Missourianreporting.

Supervising editor is Richard Webner.

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