Former Arkansas First Lady Betty Bumpers Dies at 93

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KARK) — Former First Lady of Arkansas Betty Bumpers has passed away at the age of 93.

She was the wife of former Arkansas Governor and U.S. Senator Dale Bumpers.

He passed away in 2016.

Betty Bumpers was known for her efforts in promoting immunizations against childhood diseases across the country.

She also worked for better relations with the Soviet Union in the final years of the Cold War.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson issued the following statement:

“Our prayers are with the family of former Arkansas First Lady Betty Bumpers tonight as we learn of her passing.  She served our state with distinction and passion.”

Betty Bumpers was inducted into the Arkansas Women’s Hall of Fame in 2015.

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