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Gov. Ricketts Comments on the Passing of Former First Lady Ruth Thone

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Taylor Gage, 402-471-1970

Luke Robson, 402-471-1967




LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts issued a statement following news that former First Lady of Nebraska Ruth Thone passed away at the age of 86. 


“Ruth Thone was the light and life of her husband, Governor Charles Thone, and their entire family.  Her candid spirit brought joy to many, and her heartfelt columns in the Lincoln paper endeared her to many devoted readers over the last several years.  Susanne and I send our prayers to the Thone family as they grieve the passing of a woman who touched so many lives.”


Her husband, former Nebraska Governor Charles Thone, passed away earlier this year.