BALTIMORE (AP) — Mathilde “Mimi” Lee, a former first lady of Maryland, outdoorswoman and mother of eight, has died.

The Washington Post reports 91-year-old Lee died Aug. 9 at Laurel Regional Hospital. She had congestive heart failure, her son Blair Lee IV said Friday.

The daughter of a U.S. ambassador, Lee was a research chemist before marrying Blair Lee III in 1944. Lee, who came from a prominant political family, served in both houses of the Maryland state legislature and was secretary of state before becoming lieutenant governor under Marvin Mandel, a Democrat. He took over as acting governor in 1977 when Mandel was facing racketeering charges and was sent to prison. He served until January 1979.

A memorial service will be held Monday.
(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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