Former Chicago First Lady Maggie Daley Dies

Source: AP / USA Today

CHICAGO – Maggie Daley, the wife of former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daleyand a gracious promoter of the city’s cultural and educational programs, has died. She was 68.

The former Chicago first lady, who had been diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002, died Thursday night, family spokeswoman Jacquelyn Heard told The Associated Press. Daley had been a reserved and dignified presence at her husband’s side during his 22 eventful years as mayor.

Heard said Daley was surrounded by her husband and children when she died just after 6 p.m. CDT.

“The mayor and his family would like to thank the people of Chicago for the many kindnesses they’ve shown Mrs. Daley over the years, and they appreciate your prayers during this time,” Heard said.

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