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Mary DiStefano, former Palm Coast city councilwoman, dies at 83

DiStefano represented District 3 for eight years.
by: Jonathan Simmons Managing Editor

Mary DeStefano, a former two-term member of the Palm Coast City Council, died on Sept. 5. She was 83.

DiStefano, who was born in 1936 in Pennsylvania, according to her obituary, was first elected in 2003 and represented District 3.

"Mary has served this council for eight years — part of the start of the city — and was an integral part of many discussions on many initiatives you see today," Mayor Milissa Holland said in a Palm Coast City Council workshop on Sept. 8. "Our prayers go out to Mary’s family."

Jon Netts, a city councilman and former Palm Coast mayor who'd served with DiStefano, said DiStefano had an infectious laugh, but could also be very serious.

"One of the things that I liked about Mary: Her visions, her goals, her desires very much paralleled those of our residents; she was an excellent spokesperson," Netts said. "Where there were brief times she would disagree with policy, procedure, she did it in a ladylike manner — no animosity, no hardness in her voice. She understood what democracy was all about, and she just made a very, very, very, good member for her residents for our residents for those early days of Palm Coast. She will be missed."

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