Born in Forrest County, the actions of Evelyn Gandy reached statewide. The former Mississippi lieutenant governor was the only woman ever elected to three statewide offices in Mississippi.
Gandy's political career spanned four decades. The Democrat was lieutenant governor, state representative, state treasurer, and insurance commissioner. All but the state representative post involved statewide campaigns.
However, with all of her successes did come some disappointment. Twice Gandy fell short in bids to become governor, in 1979 and 1983.
Gandy commented on her accomplishments in a 1997 interview.
"I appreciate each and every vote I received," said Gandy. "I tried in every way to serve faithfully in every office I have held and it was a great privilege and opportunity to serve the great people of Mississippi."
Gandy had suffered for quite some time from a disease similar to Parkinson's. She died around 9 p.m. Sunday at her home outside Hattiesburg.
James Winstead of Hewlett Winstead Funeral Home in Hattiesburg says Gandy's body will lie in repose in the state Capitol rotunda starting at 10 a.m. Thursday, with a noon memorial service also at the state Capitol rotunda.
Winstead said the funeral is set for 11 a.m. Friday at Main Street United Methodist Church in Hattiesburg with burial in Roseland Park Cemetery, also in Hattiesburg.
Former Governor William Winter, who had defeated Gandy in the 1979 runoff, said she was "one of Mississippi's most conscientious and able public leaders."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.