RICHMOND (AP) -- Gov. Bob McDonnell set aside Tuesday, July 10 as a day to memorialize Sen. Yvonne Miller, who died last week after a lengthy battle with cancer.

McDonnell is recognizing 'Yvonne B. Miller Day' in the state. Miller was the first black woman elected to the Virginia House and Senate, the first to chair a Senate committee and the longest-serving woman in the history of the Virginia Senate.

McDonnell's Chief of Staff Martin Kent will present the certificate of recognition to Miller's family Tuesday, along with a flag that was flown over the state Capitol.

The certificate calls Miller a 'history-maker and a trail blazer who cared deeply about people and served as a strong voice and passionate advocate for the disadvantaged, the forgotten and the overlooked.'

A funeral service was held at 11:00 a.m. at New Hope C.O.G.I.C. at 3232 Brest Avenue in Norfolk and she'll be laid to rest in Forest Lawn Cemetery, 8100 Granby Street in Norfolk.

Rasheed Wyatt, president of the Newport News chapter of the NAACP issued this statement.

'We Thank God for the strong iconic voice of Senator Miller and her efforts within the legislature on behalf of all Virginians and those in the civil rights movement.
Senator Miller take up your crown, you have fought the good fight, now take your eternal rest for you have left us better off because of your life and God is well pleased with thy good and faithful servant.
We pray God's comfort for her family during this difficult time, but know God is able to heal the broken-hearted.
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