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Former Wyoming Secretary of State Thyra Thomson dies

Jun 12, 2013 The Associated Press

She served in the elected office for nearly 25 years.

CHEYENNE -- Former Wyoming Secretary of State Thyra Thomson has died. She was 96.

Thomson served as secretary of state from 1963 to 1987.

Thomson went into politics following the death of her husband, former U.S. Rep. Keith Thomson, a Wyoming Republican. He died in 1960 shortly after being elected to the U.S. Senate.

Thyra Thomson died Tuesday in Cheyenne, her son Bill Thomson said.

Gov. Matt Mead says Thyra Thomson was a wonderful person who had an immense amount of character.

Wyoming voters elected Thomson secretary of state six times. She worked alongside Governors Clifford Hansen, Stan Hathaway and Ed Herschler. She served as acting governor when they were out of the state.

Services for Thomson aren't set yet but will take place in Cheyenne.

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