Oct 22, 2016 3:29 PM

Belle Bowers, mother of Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, dies at 94

The Associated Press

MANCHESTER (AP) — Belle Bowers, the mother of Democratic New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, has died. She was 94.

A spokesman for Shaheen says her mother died Thursday in Somersworth, New Hampshire.

Shaheen was the middle of three daughters born to Ivan and Belle Bowers. Her father worked his way up to a management position in a shoe company and her mother worked as a secretary in their local church. Shaheen said she was the "thankful daughter of two hardworking and caring parents" in her 1997 inaugural address as the first woman elected governor in New Hampshire.

Belle Bowers was a native of Washington state.

Calling hours will be Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Wiggin-Purdy Funeral Home in Dover. A memorial service will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at Dover Baptist Church.

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