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Martha Wilkinson, widow of former governor, dies at 72

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Kentucky Press News Service

 Former Kentucky first lady Martha Wilkinson died Wednesday, May 7, at 72. Her husband, former Gov. Wallace Wilkinson, served from 1987 to 1991.

Mr. Wilkinson is remembered for his role in the Kentucky Educational Reform Act and implementing a state lottery while Mrs. Wilkinson was an advocate for adult literacy.

She died in Florida. Arrangements are pending but it's thought she will be buried in Florida beside her husband, who died in 2002.

Both were natives of Casey County. Before being elected governor, Wallace Wilkinson and his wife founded a successful business empire which included a college textbook company, farming and coal mining interests.