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Boone County Vice President Councilwoman found unresponsive in her swimming pool

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Posted at 5:43 PM, Jun 04, 2023

BOONE COUNTY — According to the Boone County Sheriff's Office, Boone County Vice President Councilwoman Marcia Wilhoite was found unresponsive in her swimming pool on Sunday.

First responders were called to her home just before 2 p.m. for a possible drowning.

When they arrived they found Wilhoite unresponsive in her swimming pool.

Life-saving measure were performed, however, Wilhoite was pronounced dead at the hospital, police said.

At this time, foul play is not suspect according to police. An investigation is underway by the Boone County Sheriff's Office and the Boone County Coroner's Office.

According to the Boone County Council website, Wilhoite had been a member of the council since 2005.

She held a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, majoring in Accounting, from the University of Notre Dame. She was a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and owned her owned her own CPA business in Lebanon.

The Boone County Commissioners and County Council released the following statement on Tuesday.

"On behalf of the Boone County Commissioners and County Council, it is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of County Council Vice President Marcia Wilhoite. Our deepest sympathies and prayers go out to her beloved family during this difficult time.Together, let us honor Councilwoman Wilhoite's memory by continuing the work she started and by cherishing the values she held dear.

Councilwoman Wilhoite's 18 years of dedicated service to our county leaves an indelible mark, particularly in her immeasurable contribution toward good fiscal governance.

Beyond her role in the Council, Councilwoman Wilhoite will be greatly missed for her invaluable service as a member and Secretary of the Boone County Redevelopment Commission, her involvement in the Boone County REMC Board of Directors, her contributions to the Boone County Solid Waste Board, her partnership and operation of Wilhoite Family Farms, and her dedication as a member of the 4-H Pavilion Building Committee. As the County Council's Budget Chair, her financial expertise, honed through her accounting degree from the University of Notre Dame and CPA qualifications, played a pivotal role in our county's progress.

Councilwoman Wilhoite's legacy serves as a guiding light for all of us, as we strive to uphold the standards of excellence in public service that she exemplified.Her love for Boone County was evident in all her endeavors, and her profound impact will be felt for generations to come."