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Rose Mofford, Arizona's first female governor, dies at 94

Rose Mofford, Arizona's first female governor, dies at 94

Rose Mofford, Arizona's first female governor and a shepherd for the state during a period of political turbulence, died Thursday. She was 94. 

Mofford was injured in a fall last month and placed in a hospice facility, where she died, former spokeswoman and longtime friend Athia Hardt said. 

A Democrat known for her signature beehive hairdo, Mofford served as governor from 1988 to 1991. She was the elected secretary of state when she took over for Republican Gov. Evan Mecham, who was impeached and removed from office by the GOP-led Legislature. Arizona does not have a lieutenant governor. 

Mofford did not run for her own term in 1990. She was succeeded...

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