Funeral held for former Montgomery First Lady Anita Folmar - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Funeral held for former Montgomery First Lady Anita Folmar

Emory and Anita Folmar with former President George H.W. Bush (Source: Folmar family) Emory and Anita Folmar with former President George H.W. Bush (Source: Folmar family)
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Former First Lady of Montgomery Anita Folmar has died at the age of 84, according to her granddaughter, Emily Flowers.

Flowers tells WSFA 12 News that Folmar died at her home of natural causes, surrounded by her family. Folmar was First Lady of Alabama's capital city for 23 years as her husband, former Mayor Emory Folmar, served from 1977 to 1999.

Monday, flags at City Hall were lowered to half staff in her honor at the order of Mayor Todd Strange.

"We are very saddened to learn of the passing of Mrs. Anita Folmar. She was an elegant First Lady and wonderful partner with Emory," said Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange. "Her work with the United Way and love for the cultural aspects of our city, devoting herself to the Zoo, Museum of Fine Arts, the Ballet, the Armory Learning Arts Center and countless other outlets, are among the many ways she served our citizens. Although she did not hold elected office, her dedication to Montgomery helped move our community forward."

Mrs. Folmar was heavily involved in politics during her time as First Lady and also was involved in many art and youth programs in Montgomery.

She had an art gallery named after her at the Armory Learning Arts Center on Madison Avenue. She also partnered with Maxwell Air Force Base to host the Glenn Miller Holiday Concert for over 30 years.

The Folmars were also instrumental in bringing the Alabama Shakespeare Festival to Montgomery, and also helped found the Arts Council of Montgomery.

Born on August 11, 1930 in Dyersburg, Tennessee, Mrs. Folmar attended Gulfport College in Mississippi before transferring to the University of Alabama where she met her future husband.

Mayor Folmar passed away in 2011 at the age of 81.

A memorial service was held on Tuesday at Trinity Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Folmar was 84-years-old.

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