Senator Lee Honors Former Utah First Lady in Floor Speech

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Former Utah First Lady Colleen Bangerter passed away Saturday after a long-time battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

updated Aug. 4, 2011 at 7:25 a.m.

WASHINGTON D.C. – Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) honored the late wife of former Utah Governor Norman Bangerter today during a speech on the Senate floor.

Colleen Monson Bangerter passed away Saturday after a long-time battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She and the former Governor had been married for 58 years.

Born in 1935, Colleen Bangerter was the mother of six children and one foster child. She served as president of the PTA and as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Lee said in his speech.

“Just a few years ago, she and her husband, former Governor Bangerter presided over the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints mission in South Africa,” Lee said. “They worked hand in hand in raising their children, in running the Governor’s campaigns and in running the state throughout his time as Governor, which wasn’t an easy time for our state. ”

Lee addressed the Bangerters’ many accomplishments, including facing state financial difficulties and flooding challenges during his two terms in office, and added that the “Bangerters served the conditions well, serving as standing examples for all the citizens of Utah for what it means to rise to the challenge of adversity.”

Colleen Bangerter was the recipient of many awards, including the highest award granted by the Boy Scouts of America and hopscotch champion in Utah in 1947.

“But of all the honors, including the honors that went along with being the First Lady of the state of Utah and serving with someone who in my opinion was one of the great governors ever to serve our state, her greatest honor, her greatest prize was that of her family,” Lee said. “She loved being a mother, loved each of her six children, their 30 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.”

“Today, we as Utahans mourn the loss of this great citizen of our state. We mourn the loss of this friend and our thoughts and our prayers go out to former Governor Bangerter and his family.”

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