Reaction to the Death of Pat Fordice - - Jackson, MS

Jackson 07/12/07

Reaction to the Death of Pat Fordice

Reaction to the death of former mississippi first lady pat fordice, who died thursday at her madison home at the age of 72.       ---      

"Pat Fordice was the most elegant and gracious First Lady Mississippi has ever seen. When she was First Lady, she used the resources of that office to promote the mission of keeping Mississippi beautiful. She was always willing to do whatever she could to improve the lives of Mississippians who she loved so well." - Barbara Dorr, Executive Director of Keep Mississippi Beautiful.       ---      

"Pat Fordice was a model First Lady. She represented our state with strength, dignity, and grace. As a respected ambassador for Mississippi, Pat became a symbol for making the state a better place. Her compassion and leadership served as an inspiration to those who knew her, and she will be missed." - Gov. Haley Barbour.       ----      

"I am deeply saddened to learn of my friend, Pat Fordice's, death. We shared a friendship that I will always treasure. She was a gracious lady with a great sense of humor and she was a tremendous ambassador for our state. Mrs. Fordice championed many worthy causes that have greatly impacted the lives of many people." - Lt. Gov. Amy Tuck.       ----      

"Pat Fordice served as Mississippi's First Lady with grace and refinement. Her unwavering strength encouraged Mississippians to persevere during difficult circumstances. Regal yet approachable, she possessed a natural southern elegance that transcended her term and endeared her to our hearts." - U.S. Rep. Chip Pickering, R-Miss.       ---      

 "Pat was the most gracious of ladies, the perfect hostess, Mississippi's star goodwill ambassador and truly one of the most admired and respected first ladies to ever grace the Governor's mansion. Pat Fordice's passing leaves a large void in all that is good and representative of Mississippi." - State Auditor Phil Bryant.       ---      

"She was tremendously involved with many worthwhile endeavors while serving as First Lady and continued to be active and involved after her tenure as first lady ended. She had a caring spirit for everyone. She will be missed." - Senate President Pro Tem Travis Little, R-Corinth.       ---       "(She) was the epitome of grace and strength, the epitome of what's best about Mississippi."       - state sen. Charlie Ross, R-Brandon.            

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