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Detroit Council's Kay Everett dies of kidney disease

27. November 2004 • Murph
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Kay Everett, Detroit’s City Councilwoman described by the Freep as “the feisty, always colorful Detroit politician known for her love of hats and famous spats at the council table,” died Thursday evening of complications from kidney disease.

From the Freep’s Council to honor a silenced presence:

“No one will ever forget her,” said Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. “She left her trademark on the City Council. She stood in the gap on a lot of tough issues when no one else would stand in.”
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Veronica Paiz, a Latino community activist, met the councilwoman when the two fought against a proposal to set aside millions of dollars exclusively for black entrepreneurs to create a business district called African Town.

“I think she deserved a lot more respect than she got lately,” Paiz said. “It took a lot of guts to just say what she thought.”

Detroit City Clerk Jackie Currie said Everett was a friend for 30 years who served as an advocate for the clerk’s office on the council.

“She said a lot of things, but she meant well,” Currie said. “People didn’t understand her. She was abrasive. But people don’t always like to hear the truth.”

Everett was one of Mayor Kilpatrick’s most vocal allies, and her death will likely leave the Council deadlocked until next November’s election.

A public viewing will be 3-9 p.m. Tuesday at Swanson Funeral Home, 14751 W. McNichols Road. On Wednesday, Everett’s body will lie in state noon-9 p.m. at Greater Emmanuel Institutional Church of God in Christ, 19190 Schaefer Hwy. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the church.