Former Mississippi First Lady Carroll Waller passes away

Former Mississippi First Lady Carroll Waller passes away

JACKSON, MS (WLOX) - The wife of former Mississippi Governor William L. Waller passed away Tuesday following an ongoing battle with Alzheimer's.

According to a press release from the Administrative Office of Courts, the 87-year-old died at Manhattan Nursing Home in Jackson.

Waller and her husband were married 61 years. William Waller was in office from 1972 until 1976. He passed away in 2011.

The former first lady is recognized for leaving a legacy of historic preservation.

The press release states, Waller led efforts in restoring the governor's mansion as well as having the mansion designated as a National Historic Landmark. She is co-author of the book "The History of the Mississippi Governor's Mansion".

She's also noted for her part in securing passage of legislation which designated Mississippi's state animals. Also, she led the creation of a learning resource system in the Department of Education.

She is survived by two sisters, four sons and 14 grandchildren.

Funeral services are scheduled for Friday, October 31, 2014 at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Jackson.
Visitation will be in the Fellowship Hall of the church from 11 a.m. until the funeral service begins on the same day.

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