She died at home surrounded by her family, the spokeswoman said. Richards was found to have esophageal cancer in March and underwent chemotherapy treatments.
The silver-haired, silver-tongued Richards said she entered politics to help others — especially women and minorities who were often ignored by Texas’ male-dominated establishment.
“I did not want my tombstone to read, ’She kept a really clean house.’ I think I’d like them to remember me by saying, ’She opened government to everyone,”’ Richards said shortly before leaving office in January 1995. (MSNBC)
I remember watching the Democratic Convention when she gave the address. She famously said that George H.W. Bush was "born with a silver foot in his mouth." She spent four years in the governor's mansion in Texas, before losing her residence to George W. Bush.