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Georgia Lord; death resolution





State of Arizona

House of Representatives

Fifty-fifth Legislature

Second Regular Session









A Resolution


on the death of goodyear mayor georgia lord.





Georgia Themia Lord, Mayor of Goodyear, Arizona, passed away in her home on December 12, 2021 at the age of eighty-three. At the time of her death, she had served as Goodyear's mayor for ten years.

Georgia Lord was born on April 23, 1938 in Lansing, Michigan to Greek immigrants and spent her childhood in the rural community of Round Lake. Growing up with no running water or electricity, she learned the values of hard work and fierce competition as she raced her friends by swimming across the lake.

After living in many different locations, including both nationally and internationally as a military spouse, Georgia Lord and her late husband, United States Air Force Colonel Ronald Lord, moved to Goodyear in 1997 after visiting friends and falling in love with the area.

Georgia Lord began her career in local government in 2005 when she was elected to the Goodyear City Council, and in 2011 she was elected as the city's mayor. She served on multiple committees and councils, including the Arizona League of Cities and Towns Executive Committee, the Maricopa Association of Governments Regional Council and Transportation Policy Committee, the Greater Phoenix Economic Council Board of Directors, the WESTMARC Board of Directors, the Abrazo West Hospital Board of Directors and Luke West Valley Partners.

Mayor Lord received many accolades over the course of her political career, including earning an honorary Doctorate of Public Administration from Franklin Pierce University in 2019, being named the Government Leader of the Year by the Arizona Capitol Times in 2019, being recognized as Leadership West's Civic Leader of the Year in 2018 and being named as one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business by Arizona Business Magazine in 2014. Her most recent achievement was being honored with the Inspiration in Leadership Award at WESTMARC's 29th Annual Best of the West Awards gala. Mayor Lord's legacy will live on through her crowning achievement, the development of the Goodyear Civic Space Square at Goodyear Civic Square Park, which will open in the summer of 2022.

Mayor Lord is survived by her four children, daughters Kimberly Lord Stewart, Cassandra Louise Lord and Tiffany Lord Arnaldo and son Shane Jeffrey Lord, as well as five grandsons and four great grandchildren. She will be deeply missed by her family and her many friends and neighbors in the Goodyear community.


Be it resolved by the House of Representatives of the State of Arizona:

That the Members of the House of Representatives sincerely regret the passing of Mayor Georgia Lord and extend their sympathies to her surviving family members.