Lois Snowe-Mello, a former state legislator from Poland, died Sunday at the age of 67.

A Republican, Snowe-Mello served both in the Maine House of Representatives and as a state senator.

Political leaders from Maine released statements Monday, remembering her as a spirited and dedicated public servant.

“Lois was always the first to bring a discussion back to what was right for the people of Maine and always willing to put service ahead of self. We all loved her for her happy demeanor and fighting spirit,” Rick Bennett, chairman of the Maine Republican Party, said in a statement.

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins said Snowe-Mello served as a mentor to many young people, inspiring them to enter public service.

“Lois’s tremendous spirit will be sorely missed by our community,” Collins said.

Former U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe said she knew the legislator as a member of the Snowe family, as well as a friend and supporter.

“Lois’s commitment to public service was dynamic and genuine. She leaves a legacy of devotion to the state and community she loved, and her enthusiasm and warmth will be greatly missed by all those whose lives she touched,” said Snowe.