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Former U.S. treasurer Francine Neff dies at 84

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Francine Neff, who served as U.S. treasurer in the 1970s and was deeply involved in Republican politics for decades, has died at age 84.

Neff, who grew up in rural New Mexico, died Tuesday of heart failure at her home in Pena Blanca, according to her family.

Born Dec. 6, 1925, in Albuquerque, Neff was appointed U.S. treasurer by President Richard Nixon in 1974, then reappointed by President Gerald Ford and served until 1977.

Neff grew up in Mountainair, N.M., then attended Cottey College in Nevada, Mo., before graduating from the University of New Mexico with a double major in English and music in 1948.

She co-founded an accounting firm in Albuquerque with her husband, Edward J. Neff, and was active in community and school organizations. She got started in politics by campaigning for GOP presidential nominee Barry Goldwater in 1964.

Former New Mexico GOP Chairman James Morris said Neff was fiercely protective of her family. While her late husband remained in Albuquerque during her years working in Washington, Morris said the two would meet regularly when Neff traveled as part of her job. - AP

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