GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Tuesday afternoon, a long time community figure received a priceless honor from the city of Gulfport that will last for generations.
Libby Milner Roland is a strong presence in the community, and recently spent nine years serving on the council. Her former colleagues showed their appreciation by passing a resolution to rename Westside Pier in her honor.
"It's very special and we're very honored," said Libby's son, Justin. He said he was humbled to witness the name change. But he said it was an honor his mom didn't feel she deserved when first approached with the idea.
"That just goes to show you the humility that she has," he said.
Justin said he's spent his life looking up to his mom, admiring her strength and courage.
"She's a fighter and she's going to continue to fight until her day comes."
Libby is currently fighting an uphill battle with cancer. Although she was unable to physically attend the meeting, technology enabled her to see the love and support filling the council hall.
"I think it's just wonderful that they're doing this," said lifelong friend Skip Ryland. He was one of many filling the seats, and said the honor is well deserved.
"She'll be very humbled, just like she is all the time," said Ryland.
For Mayor Billy Hewes, renaming the pier seemed like an obvious decision. "You know, Libby, is universally loved. But when you think about the type of public servant you might want, she would epitomize that," said Hewes.
Even though he couldn't tell Libby in person, he hoped this honor would show her the city's unwavering support.
"We miss you and love you, and we're still fighting and praying for you, Libby," said Hewes.
Along with her husband and children, others supporting Libby at the meeting included former mayors Brent Warr and George Schloegel.