Former Wyoming Secretary of State Passes Away
by K2 News Desk, firstname.lastname@example.org
Former Wyoming Secretary of State Thyra Thomson died on Tuesday. She was 96.
Thomson was the first women elected as Secretary of State in Wyoming and served in the position from 1963 to 1987. She also served as acting governor when any current governor was out of the state.
Born in 1916, Thompson moved to Cheyenne as a teenager where she later graduated high school. She went on to earn a psychology degree from the University of Wyoming, graduating in 1939.
Thyra later married Keith Thomson, who was originally from Newcastle. In 1954, Keith was elected to Congress and went on to serve three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. He died in 1960 just a month after being elected to the Senate.
As Wyoming Secretary of State, Thyra Thompson traveled around the world promoting the Cowboy State. Her trips included visits to Europe and the Middle East.
"Thyra is one of the most highly regarded political figures in Wyoming's history, for her many accomplishments and also for the length of her tenure in office," said Governor Matt Mead in a statement. "I have known her since childhood as a wonderful person with an immense amount of character and an abiding love for Wyoming. Carol and I will miss her - the entire State of Wyoming will miss her."
Thyra passed away at the Davis Hospice Center in Cheyenne. Services have not yet been set but will take place in Cheyenne.