We were saddened to learn that Washingtobn DC’s former first lady has lost her battle with leukemia.
Many remember the infamous videotape of former Washington DC Mayor Marion Barry in a hotel room, asking a woman for sex and smoking crack cocaine. This was perhaps the straw that broke the back of their marriage, but it never stopped Effi from caring for or supporting her former husband.
The citizens of the nation’s capitol, and the world, mourns the loss of a great woman who championed many causes to give people better lives. This includes her fight for AIDS and HIV education and funding.
During her own health battle, she increased the public’s awareness of the need for more bone marrow contributors. Sadly, her match was never found and she lost her struggle at the far too young age of 63.
Effi Barry lay in repose at the District Building in the 1300 block of Pennsylvania Avenue in Northwest Washington DC.
Her funeral service will be held Sept. 14 at 11 a.m. at the National Cathedral. Keep the family in your prayers.