Lucie McKinney dies at 80

Connecticut state Sen. John McKinney, R-Southport, gets a hug and a kiss from his mother, Lucie McKinney, after a news conference at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford, Conn., Thursday, June 14, 2007. (AP Photo/Bob Child)

WESTPORT, Conn. (AP) — Lucie McKinney, the widow of former U.S. Rep. Stewart McKinney and mother of State Sen. John McKinney, has died. She was 80.

McKinney, who also was the daughter of racecar driver and America’s Cup skipper Briggs Cunningham II, passed away Saturday, according to the Spear Miller Funeral Home. She had been battling cancer.

McKinney founded and chaired the Stewart McKinney Memorial Foundation, which operates a homeless shelter for AIDS patients. Her husband died in 1987 of complications from the disease.

John McKinney, one of her five children, is the state Senate’s minority leader and a Republican candidate for governor.

Connecticut Republican Party Chairman Jerry Labriola, Jr. said Lucie McKinney provided the support that allowed both her husband and son to work toward improving the lives of Connecticut’s families.

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