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Rhea Chiles, former Florida first lady, dies at 84

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Rhea Chiles, widow of former Florida Gov. Lawton Chiles, died Sunday, according to a statement from her family. She was 84. Chiles, who was being attended by hospice workers, died at her home on Anna Maria Island along the coast of Manatee County. Mrs. Chiles was known for her efforts in 1973 to create Florida House, billed as “the only state embassy in Washington, D.C.“ She also was an artist and author, and worked with her husband on anti-smoking programs…

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