The Latest: Past Arizona governors to be at Mofford memorial

October 30, 2016 GMT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on a public memorial for former Gov. Rose Mofford (all times local):

12:15 p.m.

All six living Arizona governors are expected to attend a memorial service for former Gov. Rose Mofford in Phoenix.

Sunday afternoon’s memorial at the Orpheum Theater will see current Gov. Doug Ducey joined by his five living predecessors, Jan Brewer, Janet Napolitano, Jane Hull, Fife Symington and Bruce Babbitt.

Mofford served as governor from 1988 to 1991 and was 94 when she died on Sept. 15. The Democrat was Arizona’s elected secretary of state when she took over for Republican Gov. Evan Mecham, who was impeached and removed from office.

The service is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. and doors open at 12:30. The theater holds nearly 1,400 people but members of the public planning to attend are encouraged to arrive early.

3 a.m.


Family and friends will honor the life of Arizona’s first female governor at a public memorial.

A celebration of former Gov. Rose Mofford’s life is slated to take place Sunday at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Phoenix.

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

Seating is limited and doors will open at 12:30 p.m.

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.