Friends and family gathered for service to honor former mayor

The service to remember Meyera Oberndorf was held in the ballroom at the Virginia Beach Convention Center, Monday, March 16, 2015.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – The Convention Center ballroom in Virginia Beach was filled Monday morning with family and friends of Meyera Oberndorf who gathered to say goodbye.

Oberndorf, Virginia Beach’s longest-serving mayor, died Friday.

Photos: Service to remember former beloved mayor

Joel Rubin, a long time family friend, planned the service. The service was open to anyone who wanted to pay their respects. There were 1,400 seats. Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms spoke at the service, as well as some close friends and members of the family.

Video: Service to remember Meyera Oberndorf

Pallbearers were represented by Virginia Beach first responders — police officers, sheriff’s deputies, EMS workers and firefighters.

“It was an honor to work with Meyera and to know Meyera and to be her friend, and it’s an honor to help plan her service,” Rubin said.

Meyera Oberndorf spent the last year in Charlotte, NC as she battled Alzheimer’s disease. She was not far from her oldest daughter, Marcie Oberndorf-Kelso. It was time with her mom Oberndorf-Kelso says she was grateful to have had. She told 10 On Your Side’s Brandi Cummings the support her family has been given from the community is helping them get through.

“Virginia Beach has always been home. As you can imagine, growing up with Meyera and Roger as your parents, Virginia Beach is always home, and so it’s nice to be able to come back home, and it has really been heartwarming to come back home and have so many people surrounding us who share our love for my mom,” she said.

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