Julia Guice - Biloxi's former civil defense director - passes away

A woman who helped South Mississippi weather one of its worst storms had died.  Julia Guice died overnight. She was 85.

Mrs. Guice was Biloxi's civil defense director in August 1969 when Hurricane Camille slammed South Mississippi.  Her late husband Wade Guice was the civil defense director for Harrison County when the monster storm struck.

Each year, on the anniversary of Hurricane Camille, Julia Guice went to the Camille Memorial at the Church of the Redeemer on the beach in Biloxi to honor those lost in the storm.  In 2011 at the memorial event, Guice spoke of the way storm recovery brought out the best in people.

"People helping each other During this Camille, people helped each other. And we were able to get a lot of cooperation from people away from this area who came to help also," Guice told WLOX News.

Julia Guice spearheaded efforts to build the Camille Memorial at the Church of the Redeemer, to honor the victims.  Hurricane Katrina shattered the structure.  It stands tall once again, with new marble walls, bearing freshly-engraved names.

Funeral arrangement for Mrs. Guice have not been released at this time.

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