- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 10, 2014

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Charlann Harting Carroll, the wife of former Kentucky Gov. Julian Carroll, died Wednesday at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington. She was 81.

Mrs. Carroll became ill at home Monday and was taken to Frankfort Regional Medical Center and later transferred to UK, where she had been undergoing tests to determine her illness - most likely a blood clot in the stomach area, said Dave Cobb, an executive assistant to Julian Carroll.

The Carrolls were married for more than 60 years and had four children. Their daughter Elly was born in 1975 while Julian Carroll was governor.

Julian Carroll, a Democrat, was Kentucky’s governor from 1974 to 1979. He made a return to politics in 2004 when he was elected to the Kentucky Senate, where he still serves.

Senate Minority Floor Leader R.J. Palmer, D-Winchester, was among state leaders expressing their condolences to the Carroll family Wednesday.



“She was well liked and respected by the many Kentuckians who knew her,” Palmer said in a statement.

House Republican Floor Leader Jeff Hoover said that Julian Carroll’s “dedicated service to the commonwealth in the House, Senate and as governor is only marked by his love for his family.”

Mrs. Carroll, who would have turned 82 on Sept. 17, was born in McCracken County in western Kentucky. The Carrolls went to school together from the second grade through high school, Cobb said. The Carrolls have lived on their family farm in Franklin County since 1984.

Their son, Bradley, was killed in a vehicle crash in 2011.

Cobb said funeral arrangements were pending.

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