I heard tonight on NPR that Ann Richards passed away today of cancer. I adored following her career not only because she was smart and witty, but also honest, hard-working and delightful. I admired her, but the moment I feel in love with her was when some magazine spread of her, on the beach with her granddaughter, in all of her glorious aged body in a one-piece bathing suit. Unashamed, unaltered from any surgery, just wonderful and beautiful and honestly herself. From that moment, she was my hero. No matter, that she was the 45th Governor of Texas and open doors for women in politics, had demons that she faught. The moment I saw her in that photographs, I thought, "that is a woman that deserves to be a hero". Go with the angels, Ann Richards, you will be missed!
later Dallas Morning News Blog has a sweet entry on Ann Richards.