Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton posted on his Facebook yesterday that "heaven has another angel today," referring to his mother, Mary Ann Stanton.
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My dear mother, Mary Ann Stanton, passed away peacefully in her sleep this morning. She committed her life to her family and serving others, especially those less fortunate. She inspired me every day to do more to help the people of our city. My father. Fred, was her constant companion and, for the last few years, her caretaker, as she dealt with Alzheimers and cancer. My siblings, Suzanna, Paul, Maria and I are saddened but know she is laughing and trading puns with the Saints. Hug your loved ones today.
Stanton made his parents part of his campaign for mayor -- telling audiences across the city that his father was a faithful bus rider and that his mother was his inspiration for his own spirit of service to the community.
Funeral services have not yet been scheduled, but are expected to be open to the public.