RALEIGH, N.C. — Colleagues of a North Carolina House leader who died in January have remembered former Rep. Ruth Samuelson for her willingness to listen to others and for her strong Christian faith.

The House and Senate held floor sessions Wednesday to recall Samuelson’s life while passing a resolution in her memory. She died at age 57, several months after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

Samuelson served as a Mecklenburg County commissioner before being elected in 2006 to the House. She became Republican Conference Leader and was considered a candidate to become the first female House speaker. She decided not to seek re-election in 2014 and later worked in philanthropy.

Samuelson’s widower, children and other family members watched from chamber galleries as legislators told stories and recalled her optimism and problem-solving abilities.