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Arizonans can say final goodbye to former Gov. Rose Mofford this weekend

Rose Mofford (AP Photo)

PHOENIX — The family and friends of former Arizona Gov. Rose Mofford will hold a public memorial service and celebration of her life Sunday at the Orpheum Theatre in Phoenix.

Mofford, Arizona’s first female governor, died Sept. 15 at the age of 94.

Doors open at 12:30 p.m. and the remembrance begins at 1:30 p.m.

Mofford, a native Arizonan and Democrat, was one of the most popular figures in the state during a long career of public service.

Former state Attorney General Terry Goddard told Arizona’s Morning News shortly after Mofford’s death, “Rose was absolutely a symbol of the best in Arizona. She had a Grand Canyon personality.”

Dozens of politicians tweeted their condolences after learning of Mofford’s death and President Barack Obama released a statement.

Free parking will be available at the Adams Street Garage on the northwest corner of Third Avenue and Adams Street.

Capacity at the theater is around 1,300.

Family and friends asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be directed to St. Mary’s Food Bank, St. Vincent de Paul or Hospice of the Valley.

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