Hundreds Pay Tribute to Nevada's First Congresswoman

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

After the funeral, which was bookended by police-escorted funeral processions through Reno, hundreds gathered at John Ascuaga's Nugget to remember Mrs. Vucanovich.

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Barbara Vucanovich, the first woman sent to Congress from Nevada, was remembered as both a "mother of love" and political pioneer at a funeral Friday in Reno.

The conservative Republican died Monday in Reno at the age of 91.

Gov. Brian Sandoval, U.S. Sen. Dean Heller, former Sen. John Ensign and former Gov. Bob List were among some 400 people who paid tribute to Vucanovich at St. Rosa of Lima Catholic Church.

Vucanovich was elected in 1982 to a newly created second House seat that covered all of the state except Las Vegas. She retired in 1996 at the age 75 after seven terms.

Father Tony Vercellone hailed Vucanovich for making a difference in the lives of Nevadans and for her commitment to family.

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