ST. LOUIS — A public memorial service for Cora Faith Walker, former state representative and chief political officer for St. Louis County, will be held Friday morning in St. Louis.
Walker, 37, died Friday morning. His memorial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 18 at Friendly Temple Church at 5545 Dr. Martin Luther King Drive, according to a statement from his family.
“The Walker family expresses their deepest gratitude for the outpouring of condolences since Cora Faith transitioned on Friday, March 11, 2022,” the statement read.
“Cora has dedicated her life’s work to public service, social justice, women’s reproductive rights and access to health equity. She was a strong advocate for women, children, and the underserved throughout Ferguson, Missouri, and around the world. Cora, always strident and unwavering in her dedication to meeting the most pressing needs of her community, achieved so much because she put service to others before herself.
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“While we deeply feel the loss of Cora, we are comforted to know that Cora’s community service strengthens and impacts the lives of so many families. We know that his work will continue in service to others.
In lieu of flowers, the Walker family asked for donations to charities and organizations supported by Walker: Nurses for Newborns, Jamaa Birth Village, Pro Choice Missouri and the Veterans Community Project-St. Louis.
The statement did not mention the cause of death. Family spokeswoman Eugenia Gardner declined to comment until the coroner’s report is finalized.
EMS responded Friday morning
Sources close to Walker said she was taken to the hospital Friday morning from the Loews Ballpark Village Hotel in downtown St. Louis.
Capt. Garon Mosby, spokesman for the city’s fire and emergency medical services, confirmed on Friday that paramedics responded to a call for a medical emergency at 9:33 a.m. at the hotel at 799 Clark Avenue and transported a woman in urgent and critical condition. . Mosby had no further details.
The person had not been identified by the medical examiner’s office, pending notification of the family.
Chief Medical Examiner Michael A. Graham confirmed Monday that Walker was pronounced dead at 9:58 a.m. Friday at St. Louis University Hospital.
There were no signs of trauma or injury, Graham said.
Police were notified later Friday, but the medical examiner’s office called the call routine.
A full report was pending the results of a routine lab test.