The body of Effi Barry, the former first lady of the District and ex-wife of former mayor and current council member Marion Barry, D-Ward 8, will lie in state next week in the John A. Wilson building, according to The Washington Post.
Barry died Thursday in Annapolis after suffering from acute myeloid leukemia, the Post reported.
Barry worked with several charities in the District and later as a program director for the city’s HIV/AIDS administration, the Post reported.
Though the honor of lying in state at the Wilson building is reserved for elected officials, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty said it was a “fitting tribute” for the former first lady, according to the Post.
Effi and Marion Barry were married for 14 years and divorced in 1993 after his conviction for smoking crack cocaine and soliciting sex from an FBI informant, the Post reported.