Hundreds attend memorial service for community strategist Lillie Estes

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Hundreds stopped by Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church in Richmond on Tuesday to pay tribute to community strategist Lillie Estes, who recently died at 59. 

Estes served the city in a variety of roles, including as a member of Richmond’s anti-poverty commission. She worked to offer support to both children and families through housing and education.

Friends in Jackson Ward remember her fondly.

“A mother first, a friend, a person who cared about the people that she loved and who she met,” Jackson Ward resident Stewart Jackson said of Estes. “Kind. Always with a smile, and she listened.” 

Estes was also a graduate of VCU. 

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