PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The first female president of the Providence City Council has died.

Family members say 93-year-old Evelyn Fargnoli died Thursday morning at Philip Hulitar Hospice Center in Providence.

Fargnoli became the second woman to serve on the council in 1982, when she was elected in a special election to fill a vacancy left by her husband, City Council President Ralph Fargnoli, who had died.

She was elected president in 1996, after serving as acting president for a year and a half.

She retired as president in 1998, after 16 years on the council.

The City Council said Saturday that Fargnoli was a “true pioneer in Providence politics.”

Fargnoli is survived by her two children and three grandchildren.

The Maceroni Funeral Home says Fargnoli’s funeral will take place Wednesday.

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