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Magistrate Judge Shares Memories Of Governor Ann Richards

Funeral services are set for Monday in Austin for former Governor Ann Richards. Richards gained national fame in the 80s and 90s for her biting wit. Last night, she lost her battle with esophageal cancer. Today, an East Texas Judge who was friends with Richards for more than 30 years shared some of her fondest memories of her.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Judith Guthrie told KLTV 7 News, she had e-mailed Richards just yesterday to see how she was doing. "She had been on my mind. I hadn't gotten any report of late on how she was doing. And I was concerned that I hadn't heard anything," said Judge Guthrie.

Judge Guthrie said she first met Ann Richards in 1973. The two found out they had quite a bit in common and became friends.

Guthrie keeps four framed pictures in her office of happy memories with Governor Richards. In one of the pictures, Guthrie is shaking hands with the Queen of England during a tea party at the Governor's Mansion. "Ann's standing there, I think the expression on her face is like, 'Now, Judith, don't do anything silly'," said Judge Guthrie.  

"This one says, 'Love and admiration to my friend Judith. Fondly, Ann, 1994," said Judge Guthrie pointing out to another picture. 

Judge Guthrie said what she'll remember most about Richards was her wit, sense of humor and her caring personality. "I just think that she was a person who cared about the people of Texas and that's what she devoted her life to," said Judge Guthrie.

Judge Guthrie said Governor Richards was a big outdoors fan.  "She loved to hunt. I thought about her on September 1st, that was her birthday. And she always went dove hunting because that's the opening of dove season."

That was one of the things that Guthrie asked Governor Richards about in her e-mail.   "It was a long chatty e-mail about what I was doing. Then I told her I was thinking about her on her birthday, September 1st. I wondered if she had been able to go bird hunting. Hope that she had, but obviously had not gotten the latest information she had spiraled downward."

Judge Guthrie says she does not know whether her friend got to read her last e-mail, but she would like to think that she did.  

Oralia Ortega, Reporting.


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