- Associated Press - Monday, March 7, 2016

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico officials have announced funeral arrangements for Health Secretary Retta Ward after her death last week.

The Health Department says mourners and well-wishers will gather Wednesday to honor Ward and make charitable donations to the Against Malaria Foundation in her memory. The foundation pays for anti-malaria mosquito nets.

Ward died last week after her car veered off a road and came to a stop on the outskirts of Santa Fe. Deputies say the death may have been related to a medical episode, and state medical examiners have not determined the cause of death.

Deputy Secretaries Lynn Gallagher and Gabrielle Sanchez-Sandoval are now overseeing the Health Department. It is not clear when a new health secretary will be named.

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