LOUISVILLE, Ky (WHAS11) -- The funeral service for former Metro Councilwoman Judy Green was held Saturday in West Louisville.
Green died at the age of 57 Tuesday after suffering a massive heart attack.
More than 400 people attended Green's funeral. Those who loved Green celebrated her life at Saint Steven Baptist Church, yet family members shed many tears.
Her daughter, Jacqueline, gave a speech that captivated the congregation.
“I thank God that she taught me about loving, giving and caring,” said Jacqueline Green-Smith.
Jacqueline is one of Green's 13 children; 11 of whom are adopted, like Jacqueline herself.
“She was always involved in their [her children’s] lives,” said Annie Bradley, who was an acquaintance of Green for nearly 20 years. “There is nothing you could say about her to me that was not good. She was just such a down to earth, sweet, caring, loving [person], just the sweetest lady that you would ever want to meet.”
Green was a dentist by profession, but a public servant by heart, representing District One of Louisville from 2007 to 2011. She resigned from office amid an ethics investigation. Despite the negative publicity she received from that, family and friends will remember Green for her tenacity and generosity.
“She put the 'P' in perseverance,” said Dr. Rosetta Shelby-Calvin, who was a friend and a classmate with Green in dental school. “She went in uncharted waters and there was nothing that she seemed to fear.”
“Her legacy is going to be very extensive,” said Terry Greenwell, Green’s younger brother. “And you can bet that Dr. Green is going to be remembered as an icon within the Louisville community.”
Green leaves behind a husband of 35 years, 13 children, more than 50 foster children and a community she has called home for nearly four decades.
Judy green was buried at Green Meadows Cemetery.
In September, the council voted unanimously to remove Green from office even though she had resigned a few days earlier. The council found Green violated the city's ethics code in the way she handled a summer jobs program.