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Florence Gramm, mother of former senator, dies at 91

PHENIX CITY (AP) — Florence Scoggins Gramm, mother of former U.S. Senator and 1996 presidential candidate Phil Gramm, died Friday after a brief illness. She was 91.

"My momma lived a rich and full life and died in her own home with her family around her," Phil Gramm, a Republican from Texas, said in a statement. "She was the prototype for the iron-willed American mother."

Florence Gramm, a Dothan native, was a retired practical nurse who lived most of her life between Phenix City and Columbus, Ga.

The Rev. Dexter James, pastor of Central Baptist Church in Phenix City, described her as a "tremendous lady."

"She loved to talk to people. She was so easy to get to know," James said.

Florence Gramm also is survived by two other sons, Col. Don White of San Antonio and Charles White of Columbus, Ga., and by four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

A graveside funeral was held Saturday afternoon at the Park Hill Cemetery in Columbus.

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