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Former Kentucky First Lady Martha Wilkinson Dies

Former Kentucky first lady Martha Wilkinson has died at a hospital in Florida.  She was 72.

Mrs. Wilkinson championed efforts to reduce adult illiteracy and ran a brief campaign to succeed her husband as governor.

Wallace Wilkinson, was governor from 1987 to 1991.

Doug Alexander, his spokesman during his administration, says Martha Wilkinson died Wednesday at a hospital in Florida.

During his term, voters approved a state lottery and lawmakers overhauled public schools.

Wallace Wilkinson failed to get a measure on the ballot allowing himself and other constitutional officers at the time to run for a second term. Martha Wilkinson ran a brief campaign for governor herself, promising to continue her husband's policies.

The Wilkinsons married in 1960.

Her husband became a millionaire businessman, only to see his business empire collapse in bankruptcy.

Wallace Wilkinson died in 2002.