Martha Hansen Dies at 97

CHEYENNE (AP) - Martha Hansen, the widow of former Wyoming Senator Clifford Hansen and grandmother of Governor Matt Mead, has died. She was 97. Mead announced Hansen's death, saying she died Thursday at the family ranch in Jackson.

Mead says Hansen's quiet grace was a defining attribute. He says she was unfailingly kind and gracious.

Clifford Hansen married the former Martha Close in the fall of 1934. The couple celebrated their 75th anniversary shortly before Clifford Hansen died in late 2009.

Rep. Cynthia Lummis and Sen. John Barrasso issued statements Tuesday praising Martha Hansen and expressing condolences to her family.

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