PARSIPPANY, NJ - Mimi Letts was mayor of Parsippany - Morris County's largest municipality - for more than a decade, but more times than not, she kept her cool.
That commendable trait was among those highlighted Thursday morning by Father Sean McDonnell as he celebrated the funeral Mass for Letts, who died earlier this week.
As McDonnell put it at a Mass attended by more than 100 people and many political luminaries, Letts "never got too excited about anything."
Left unsaid, but what most in the audience understood, was that keeping your composure is a great gift for any public official.
Letts became mayor in 1994 and held the job through 2005. It was no easy feat for a Democrat such as Letts to get elected and re-elected in a town that often in her era voted Republican.
Putting aside politics for a moment, the priest noted that Letts was most of all, a "child of God," and a gentle soul who touched people's lives in some way at some time and in some place.
The former mayor is survived by her husband of 56 years, Howard, three sons, seven grandchildren, two sisters and one brother.
McDonnell said that for Letts, her family was her "hobby" noting that she considered her grandchildren her "diamonds."
The mourners attending the service included Mayor Michael Soriano and most members of the township council. Also on hand was Fred Knapp, the Morris County prosecutor, and a representative from the office of Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill.
Internment was at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in East Hanover.