Rose Mofford, Arizona’s first female governor, died Thursday at age 94, following a fall. Mofford was born in Globe, Arizona and although she was her high school class valedictorian, she never attended college — instead opting to work in state government. Though an All-American softball player, it was her typing skills that got her noticed after winning a national typing competition.
As Secretary of State, Mofford, a Democrat, ascended to the governor’s office on April 4, 1988 following the removal of Republican Gov. Evan Mecham, who was later acquitted of the charges that led to his impeachment. She served until March 6, 1991 when Republican Fife Symington was inaugurated.
Known for her white beehive hairdo, long fingernails and heavy fringes of false eyelashes, she was often caricatured, but never sold short. After spending 50 years in state government, she was said to be the keeper of many political secrets — which now remain forever safe.
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