WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind (WLFI) - West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis confirms former mayor, Sonya Margerum, has died. Margerum died about 11:30 Sunday morning at University Place.
Margerum served as West Lafayette's mayor from 1980 to 2004, for a total of 24 years. As we previously reported, her husband Dale died in August.
Mayor Dennis has a long history with the Margerum family, having grown up with her sons. He said her passion for people and West Lafayette are among the many qualities he's going to miss.
"She is one of my heroes, there's no higher compliment that I can pay than the fact that I've looked up to her for a long time and having served this city as mayor for a few terms, I always hope that I can be the same type of mayor that Sonya was," he said.
Mayor Dennis said he frequently visited Margerum during her time at the nursing home.
Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.