Former Delaware lawmaker Ada Leigh Soles dies June 7th.

News Journal obit.

Statement from Governor’s office:

State Mourns Passing of Former Lawmaker Ada Leigh Soles
Governor Orders Flags to be Flown at Half-Staff Monday in her Honor

(Dover, DE) — Former State Representative Ada Leigh Soles, who passed away on Monday, will be memorialized at services on Monday and Governor Jack Markell has ordered state flags to be flown at half-staff that day in honor of her many years of public service.  Soles, of Newark, DE was a State Representative from 1980-1992.

Representative Soles served five terms on the Joint Finance Committee and was a tireless advocate for education and libraries.  She holds a place in the Delaware Women’s Hall of Fame and over the years, received numerous awards for her work, including from the University of Delaware, National Library Association, Delaware Bar Association and Delaware Humanities Forum.  Before becoming a State Representative, Soles led library groups and the League of Women Voters and was recognized for her many academic achievements, including being high school valedictorian at Landon High School (FL)and first in her class at Florida State University.  For 50 years, Soles was married to University of Delaware Distinguished Professor Emeritus James Soles.

“There are hundreds of Delawareans over dozens of years who entered public service because they met and were moved by Jim and Ada Leigh Soles,” said Governor Markell. “Ada Leigh was an inspiration and never stopped believing in the power of good people to make great strides.”

The Governor will join others in attending a memorial service for Ada Leigh Soles on Monday, June 14 at 11:00 a.m. at St. James Episcopal Church in Stanton.

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