Mourners to gather at public memorial for Rose Mofford

Posted at 9:08 AM, Oct 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-30 23:08:04-04

Family and friends gathered on Sunday to honor the life of Arizona's first female governor at a public memorial.

A celebration of former Gov. Rose Mofford's life took place at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Phoenix.

Mofford, who served as governor from 1988 to 1991, died Sept. 15. She was 94.

A Democrat, Mofford was secretary of state when she took over for impeached Republican Gov. Evan Meacham. Lawmakers from both parties credited her for leading the state with a steady hand during a tumultuous time.

Family members are asking that in lieu of flowers, people make donations to one of three organizations: St. Mary's Food Bank, St. Vincent de Paul or Hospice of the Valley.