GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - She had a heart for public service and was committed to helping her community. Thursday, the City of Gulfport honored and remembered Libby Milner Roland with a special dedication.
The former West Side Pier is now Libby Milner Roland pier.
When the former city councilwoman died of cancer this past year, friends and colleagues wanted a special way to remember her remarkable life.
"I don't know about y'all, but I do believe Libby would approve of this day. Don't you think," said Mayor Billy Hewes as he opened the dedication ceremony.
The bright sun and a slight breeze off the beach greeted those who gathered in West Side Park, fondly remembering their friend and colleague.
"She was one of the most giving and considerate people you could have ever come across, and she lived it every day. It wasn't for show," said Hewes.
"Thank every one of you. She loved the west side. She loved her area. She represented it well," said city councilman Ricky Dombrowski.
"She would be proud. She would be proud to see all of y'all here today. She really would," said Ron Roland, her husband.
He shared from what he called "The Book of Libby." It is a collection of quotes and sayings she carried. The first entry summed up the way she approached public service and decision making.
"Is it the truth, number one. Is it fair to all concerned, number two. Number three, will it help build good will and better friendship, and number four, will it benefit everyone concerned," Roland read.
Family members and friends gathered near the freshly planted live oak that's dedicated in her honor. Then, it was onto the nearby public pier for the fitting finale.
"She loved this Coast. She loved this beach, and this pier is dedicated in her memory," said Hewes.
Seconds later, Roland pulled a rope which dropped a cloth cover to reveal the new name of the pier: Libby Milner Roland Municipal Pier.
"It's still a surprise that they would honor her in this way, and we're grateful that they would give her that type of consideration. We're proud of her service," said her son, Justin.
"An honor beyond honors. I tell you, this is really something that Libby would be very, very proud of and very humbled by, as well," added Roland. "We're just so happy for this."
Before she passed away, Libby Milner Roland was told the city planned on naming this pier in her honor. She told her family, "This is a big deal." They certainly agree.