Lake Highlands’ Missy Shorey died Tuesday night. The 47-year-old was the first woman to lead the Dallas County Republican Party.

Elected in November 2017, Shorey served as chairwoman of the GOP and replaced Phillip Huffines, according to The Dallas Morning News.

Her husband, Marc Himelhoch, announced her death via a Facebook post. “Friends and family. It is with heavy heart that I must inform you that my beloved Missy Shorey passed unexpectedly last night to be with the Angels in Heaven,” he wrote. “Words can not express how much she meant to me and so many of you. There will be two memorial services. One in Burnt Hills, NY on Wednesday May 1st and another in Dallas at a date TBD. More details to follow.”

The Dallas County Republican Party released a statement after the announcement of her death.

“Being elected as DCRP’s first Chairwoman might have caused some to tread lightly into their role, but not Missy,” the statement reads. “She embraced it fully from the beginning and fulfilled it with true grace and vigor. She was a tireless champion for the Party, its candidates, and mission.”

State and national political figures have shared fond memories of Shorey, which The Dallas Morning News chronicled here. 

We will update this post as we learn more.