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Senate honors Larcenia Bullard with moment of silence



The Florida Senate honored the late Sen. Larcenia Bullard on Tuesday with a moment of silence. Bullard, 65, a Miami Democrat who retired because of term limits last year, died on Saturday.

“She’s a woman that never met a stranger,’’ said Sen. Chris Smith, D-Fort Lauderdale. "“I guarantee you we will have key lime pie (the pie Bullard had designated the state pie.)"

Her son, Dwight, who replaced his mother in the Senate, said the moment of silence was the "toughest moment" he could ever request.

"Sen. Larcenia Bullard for many of us was a friend and a colleague. For me she was so much more a teacher, a preacher …my number one cheerleader,’’ he said with tears. “She loved to serve. Many of us discovered service. My mother was born into it. Whether as a civil rights activist, early childhood administrator, first grade teacher, community servant and legislator

"My mother belived strongly and heavily in this process and loved and adored the people in it. She put every ounce of her energy into serving the district as well as the State of Florioda often times putting her life on the line on more than one occasion for the people of District 39,'' he said. "She walked the hals smiling, hugging, speaking to everyone. Her place in history is set. My challenge to you is to take a piece of her spirit with you and learn to love the people through your policy."

He recalled her retirement speech on Feb. 7 last year in which she read the serenity prayer. "Each one of us should remember those words and remind ourselves of that serenity prayer when we have the opportunity to change things for the better,'' he said.

The community service is scheduled for Saturday. The Senate will conduct its own memorial next Tuesday, March 26, from 4-5:30 p.m. More here.

[Last modified: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 11:17am]


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