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New London Mayor Retires At Age 80

It was a big send off for a little lady in New London, who has been a fixture in government and a special part of their history for decades.  With family and townspeople on hand at New London City Hall,  feisty Mollie Ward, 80 was given a fond farewell, retiring after eight years as mayor of New London.

"Its something that I'm proud of, but I'm going to miss it because I like people," said Ward.

"She's a real example, I think to our young women that you can be in leadership and still be a lady, a real first class lady," said family friend Glenda Fleming.  Mollie is a survivor of the massive 1937 explosion that killed 298 people at New London School.

"I looked up and the school blew up right in front of my eyes," said Mollie.  She worked for decades establishing and running the museum dedicated to the victims.  Then at the age of 72, she was elected mayor.

"She's a very interesting lady and is involved in every aspect of the city," said New London Mayor Pro tem Pat Dailey.  "I'm very sad to see her go.  There's not much in New London that you can talk about without using Mayor Ward's name."  Ward was presented numerous awards from the city, and a capitol flag from Congressman Louie Gohmert's office.

"It thrills my heart to see people I haven't seen in a long time, and it's shocking to think they turned out for something for me," said Ward.  Ward also says she has no regrets on a life of service to her community.

"I think it's time to let somebody else run," said Mollie.  

 "It's like losing a treasure," said Fleming.  Although retired, Ward plans to keep working to help gather historical material for the New London Museum.

Bob Hallmark, Reporting. bhallmark@kltv.com

 

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