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Former Huntsville City councilwoman dies of pancreatic cancer

Sandra Moon served on the Huntsville City Council for 12 years before retiring in 2010. Sandra Moon served on the Huntsville City Council for 12 years before retiring in 2010.

Former Huntsville City Councilwoman Sandra Moon died Tuesday evening from pancreatic cancer.

Moon, known for her stern, vocal support on certain issues, served the Huntsville community for several decades; 12 years of that time were spent on the Huntsville City Council. Moon retired in 2010.

Laughlin Service Funeral Home is caring for Moon's body. A memorial service will take place at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church on Whitesburg Drive in Huntsville on April 20. The service will begin at 12:30 p.m., and a visitation will take place beforehand. A time for the visitation has not been set.

Moon passed away at her home at the age of 66.

As a strong supporter of Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, Moon fought tirelessly for him from the very beginning of his career as the mayor of Huntsville, a spokeswoman for the mayor said.

Mayor Battle, considered a close and personal friend to Moon, released the following statement through a spokeswoman Tuesday night:

I truly respected Sandra Moon's courage and conviction. She was always advocating for the individual, not just in her district, but for the entire city. She committed herself to the public and was a loyal friend.

Battle, who was said to call Moon often for advice, found out only two weeks ago that Moon was terminally ill. A spokeswoman for the mayor said he visited Moon early last week to say his goodbyes.

Asked what he would miss most about Moon, Mayor Battle said he would "miss being able to call her for advice," a spokeswoman for the mayor said.

Moon was not only a well-known advocate for the city, but she also worked closely with leaders throughout Madison County as well.

Sandra Savage, president and CEO of Leadership Huntsville/Madison County, had worked with Moon for many years and spoke highly of her dedication and support for the community. In a statement to WAFF Tuesday night, Savage said the following:

She left a tremendous legacy for this community, both as a public servant and in her career. The community is better because she was a part of it.

Moon was known to be tough in her opinion, but a caring person, nonetheless.

Carol Hartman, a secretary for the Huntsville City Council for 18 years, was devastated to learn of the passing of Moon. Hartman, a woman now 10 years clear of a difficult battle with colon cancer, said Moon was there for her every step of the way.

"She stood by me the whole time; she was such a wonderful person. She helped me with everything."

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