- Associated Press - Sunday, April 19, 2015

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. (AP) - The woman credited for leading the charge to create the city of Sandy Springs died Sunday.

11alive.com (http://on.11alive.com/1yJmiuI ) is reporting that Eva Galambos, the first mayor of the city, died after a battle with cancer. She was 87.

According to a city statement the push to incorporate the city of Sandy Springs began in 1966 in response to an effort to annex the land into the city of Atlanta. In 1976, Galambos began leading the fight for residents to form their own government.

In June 2005, 94 percent of residents voted to incorporate the city. Galambos was elected the city’s first mayor. She served until November 2013.

She is survived by her husband, Dr. John Galambos, three children and six grandchildren.

Galambos’ funeral will be held at Temple Kehillat Chaim on Tuesday at 1 p.m.

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