Former Chicago First Lady Maggie Daley Dead at 68

Wife of ex-mayor Richard pushed education, cultural programs

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Nov 25, 2011 6:23 AM CST

(Newser) – Maggie Daley, the wife of former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley and a gracious promoter of the city's cultural and educational programs, has died. She was 68. The former Chicago first lady, who had been diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002, died last night, says a family spokeswoman. Daley had been a reserved and dignified presence at her husband's side during his 22 eventful years as mayor.

When she first learned she had breast cancer in June 2002, Daley said she was shocked. "But you pick up and you move on. ... I'm not alone here. There are a lot of people who have experienced this," Daley said in the weeks after the diagnosis. President Obama said in a statement that her efforts on behalf of the city's children "live on as national models for how to create environments for children to learn and grow outside the classroom." See the Chicago Tribune's obituary here.

In this 2006 file photo, Jordan's Queen Rania listens to Maggie Daley, wife of Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, right, as they tour an after-school dance program in Chicago.   (M. Spencer Green)
In this 2009 file photo, Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, center, and his wife Maggie Daley, left, applaud during presentations as part of the Chicago 2016 Olympic bid.   (Matt Dunham)
In this file photo taken Feb. 27, 2007, Maggie Daley applauds the remarks of her husband Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley as they celebrate his election to a sixth consecutive term.   (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)
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