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Hundreds attend funeral for former Gov. John Spellman and wife Lois

Hundreds of people gathered to pay their respects to former Governor John Spellman and his wife, Lois, at St. James Catheral in Seattle on Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. (Photo: KOMO News)

SEATTLE - Hundreds of people gathered to pay their respects to former Governor John Spellman and his wife, Lois, at St. James Catheral in Seattle on Monday.

A funeral service was held to honor the Spellmans, who died last month - just 9 days apart.

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"Fortified by faith and energized by a desire to make this world a better place, it seems when God does the joining together, as God surely did with John and Lois Spellman there is nothing whatsoever that can separate not even death," said Rev. Michael Ryan, pastor of St. James Cathedral.

John Spellman was elected as King County's first County Executive in 1969.

He was the last republican to hold Washington's Governor's office and served one term from 1980 to 1984.

John Spellman died on Jan. 16 at the age of 91. Lois Spellman died Jan. 25 at the age of 90.

"The God, who for 64 years turned the two of them into a team, a winning team, an absolutely unbeatable team that produced six amazing kids and six amazing grandkids," said Rev. Ryan.

Flags on state buildings have been flying at half-staff throughout the weekend to honor the late governor. They'll remain at half-staff until the close of business on Tuesday.



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