TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy took time during his COVID-19 press briefing on Wednesday to remember longtime Scotch Plains resident Lois Ann Tack, whom he praised as a "Jersey original" and noted was the first woman in New Jersey to work as an automotive salesperson.

Lois Tack died from complications from the Coronavirus on April 27, 2020, according to her obituary.

Lois Ann Tack, "Lo," as she was called and known by many, was a longtime resident of Scotch Plains and called Leisure Village East in Lakewood her home for the past 25 years. She grew up in the Vailsburg section in Newark. Her dad, in fact was a retired Newark police lieutenant, Pat. She and her late husband Edward moved to Scotch Plains shortly after their marriage.

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Lois was a trailblazer who became the first woman in our state to work as an automotive salesperson when she took a job selling cars at Ward Ford in Newark. Lois was an eternal optimist, as evidenced among other things by her love of the New York Mets, and she was an avid bridge player too. Living in Lakewood also meant that she was close to the Jersey Shore, a special place in her life since childhood.

Lois leaves behind her children, William, Patricia Ann and Bob with whom I had the great honor of speaking on Monday and their families, along with her granddaughters Christine and Stephanie and many relatives and friends. She was a Jersey Original. May God bless and watch over Lois and all who loved her.