SANDPOINT, Idaho -

Marsha Ogilvie, the mayor of Sandpoint, passed away Wednesday morning following a long illness.

Ogilvie had been getting treated for cancer and was ill for more than a year.

Born in Riverside, Calif., she moved to North Idaho in 1994 and ran several successful businesses before becoming active in the Sandpoint community, first as a court appointed special advocate, working to represent children's rights in the court system, and later with Kinderhaven, a community home for abused, abandoned and neglected children.

More than 1,000 children were sheltered in Kinderhaven during her 13 years as president of the organization.

In 1999 Ogilvie founded "Women Honoring Women" which annually celebrates local women who have been inspirational role models in the community.

Ogilvie served on the city council for two years before she was elected mayor.

She and her husband celebrated their 25th anniversary in 2010.

The City of Sandpoint issued the following statement Wednesday afternoon regarding Ogilvie's passing:

It is with immense sadness that the City of Sandpoint announces that Mayor Marsha Ogilvie passed away early this morning while surrounded by family.  Council President Carrie Logan, Mayor Pro Tem issued the following response to the death of Mayor Ogilvie:  “The loss of Mayor Ogilvie will leave an irreplaceable void in the heart of our community.  She tirelessly dedicated herself to protecting the most vulnerable and celebrating the generosity of the many volunteers who give of themselves in and around Sandpoint. Mayor Ogilvie has left an indelible mark on our community and throughout her life; she exemplified the true meaning of public service.   The City of Sandpoint and I mourn the loss together with her family; I appreciate the moments I shared with her, and look forward to continuing her legacy through public service,” stated Councilwoman Logan. Details of the funeral arrangements and services are pending.