State and local leaders respond to death of Bethine Church

newsroom@idahostatesman.comDecember 22, 2013 

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter: "Idaho lost a great ambassador and friend in Bethine Church, whose life exemplified civic virtue."

Former Idaho Gov. Cecil D. Andrus: “Carol and I join thousands of Idahoans and her many friends around the country in mourning the passing of Bethine Church. She was a force of nature, a great political partner to Frank, and for almost 30 years after his death a keeper of his legacy, fighting the good fight for what both of them cared deeply about. Bethine will be remembered for her own important work on conservation issues and as a great champion of Democratic candidates from the 1940’s into the 21st Century. Idaho has lost one of its leading citizens.”

U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo: “Idaho has lost a great friend and advocate. Bethine had a way to mix civility with politics that is too often forgotten on the national scene. I will miss her input and charm and I join with all Idahoans in mourning the passing of this Idaho legend.”

Idaho Sen. Cherie Buckner-Webb: "So blessed to have been one of the millions standing in the light of Bethine's grace. She was the epitome of intelligence, courage, dignity and inspiration. I send condolences to the family and all who cherish that dear woman of power, passion and purpose, Bethine Church."

Idaho Democratic Party Chairman Larry Kenck: “I have known Bethine for many years and she made her own impact on many in Idaho. This is very sad news for all of Idaho and we in the Idaho Democratic Party will miss her deeply.”

IDP Executive Director Sally Boynton Brown: “Bethine Church was an inspiration to many of us in Idaho and she served as a wonderful role model for generations of young women. She was an example of a woman who was firm in her convictions and a powerful advocate for progressive, Democratic values. To me, and to many others, we will remember how she led her life with dignity, grace, generosity and humor.”

IDP Vice Chair Jeanne Buell: “Bethine Church was the Jackie Kennedy of Idaho. She handled everything with style and grace.”

Boise State President Bob Kustra: "Bethine Church was a natural leader her entire life, and Boise State University was one of the institutions fortunate to have benefited immensely from her insight, generosity and spirit. From the time she was elected freshman class vice president at Boise Junior College to her founding and chairing the Frank Church Institute, Bethine has been integral to the growth and success of Boise State. The honorary doctorate Boise State bestowed upon Bethine in 2009 was just a token of thanks for a lifetime of dedication and service that will be remembered for generations."

Boise Mayor David Bieter: "Bethine lived a remarkable Idaho life. She was a great unifier, the true politician in the family, who helped Senator Church bring Idaho together and introduce it to the world. She had a lifelong passion for improving the lives of ordinary people, a quality that never waned, even after her husband's far too early death. She will be missed but she will never be forgotten."

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