Phyllis Marcuccio, who served as Rockville’s mayor from 2009-2013, died Tuesday, June 5. She was 84.

“Mayor Marcuccio was a deeply devoted public servant throughout her life and career,” Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton said in a statement on behalf of the Mayor and Council, and city staff. “A longstanding Rockville resident, she prided herself as a grassroots activist and was an outspoken advocate for the city, always keeping the best interests of her community close to her heart.”

Marcuccio’s terms as mayor followed two terms as a councilmember. She retired as mayor in 2013. Marcuccio lived in Rockville for more than 50 years.

“She was a stalwart champion for accountability, putting Rockville residents first when it came to making decisions as a member of the Mayor and Council,” Newton said. Whether planning for growth, keeping residents safe, wisely spending taxpayer money or protecting the environment, her commitment to protecting our quality of life and neighborhoods, was first and foremost. The City of Rockville is in a better place for her leadership. It was an honor to have known and worked with her.”