- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 30, 2016

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Former Nevada first lady Bonnie Fairchild Bryan has died in Las Vegas after suffering from leukemia.

Family spokesman Greg Ferraro issued a statement on behalf of the family confirming Bryan’s death on Tuesday. She was 77.

Bonnie Bryan was married for 54 years to Richard Bryan, a Democrat who served as governor from 1983 to 1989. He went on to represent Nevada in the U.S. Senate from 1989 to 2001.

Ferraro called Bonnie Bryan a superb role model for young people who left an indelible mark on the state with her warmth and kindness.

He said she’ll be profoundly missed by her husband, her three children and their families, and a legion of friends.

Funeral services are pending.

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