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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Former N.D. first lady Jean Guy dies

  • Jean Guy, first lady of North Dakota from 1961 to 1973 and a mentor for many young women interested in public service, died Friday surrounded by family members in Fargo. She was 90.
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  • Jean Guy, first lady of North Dakota from 1961 to 1973 and a mentor for many young women interested in public service, died Friday surrounded by family members in Fargo. She was 90.
    She had suffered a stroke two weeks ago, according to a statement released by her five children through the North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party, and “had not been the same” since her husband, former Gov. Bill Guy, died April 25 at the age of 93.
    “She spent more than 70 of her 90 years with the love of her life, our father,” the statement read. “She was his best friend and closest adviser. Their marriage was, in every way, a true and loving partnership.”
    Jean (Mason) Guy was born in 1922 in Selfridge, N.D. She attended what then was called North Dakota Agricultural College in Fargo, now North Dakota State University, graduating in 1944 with a degree in home economics.
    While her husband served as governor and after, Jean Guy was engaged in many public activities, including with the Kennedy Foundation Memorial Center, the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation, the NDSU President’s Advisory Board. In 1979, Gov. Arthur Link appointed her to the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education. She served as the board’s chair in 1985.
    Funeral arrangements are not complete.

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