Ann Richards, known as the Thorny Rose of Texas, overcame the Jim Crow attitudes of her era, the 'Good Old Boy' network and addiction, and became Governor of Texas, the second female to hold that office.
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I'm sad Ann is gone. I still miss her; I will always miss her. Ann Richards may have been compared to a thorny rose but she is a role model, who took on the responsibility with enthusiasm, honor and grace. I hope that I am able to contribute even a fraction of what she gave to society in her lifetime. Keep up with Texas news with a Texas Monthly Subscription.
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