MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WIAT) — Former Alabama Lt. Gov. Lucy Baxley has died at the age of 78.
The Democrat held several offices during her political career. She served as state treasurer in 1994 and again in 1998.
She was the first woman to serve as the lieutenant governor and held office from 2003 to 2007. In 2006, she was the Democratic nominee for the office of governor, but lost to Bob Riley. She also served on the public service commission.
Baxley had some health problems in the last few years, including a mild stroke and broken hip.
House Minority Leader Craig Ford released a statement on her passing:
“My thoughts and prayers are with the Baxley family today. Lucy was a true public servant, a pillar of the Alabama Democratic Party and will be greatly missed.”
UPDATE OCT. 17: Baxley will be laid to rest later this week.
A visitation is set for Tuesday at Ridout’s Southern Heritage Funeral Home in Pelham. It will last from 6 until 8 p.m.
A second visitation and the funeral service will be held Wednesday morning in Montgomery. That will start at 9.