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Photo gallery: Capitol hosts memorial for former Gov. Hearnes

Wednesday, August 19, 2009 | 10:57 a.m. CDT; updated 9:45 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, August 19, 2009
With all the remaining former governors and first ladies seated behind the podium, members of the public and family filled the seats.

JEFFERSON CITY — Missourians are paying their respects to former Gov. Warren Hearnes.

Dozens of people are passing through the state Capitol to view Hearnes' casket — lying on a marble slate with a Missouri flag draped over it — and to express their condolences to the late governor's family.

Later Wednesday, hundreds are expected for a memorial service that is to be attended by Gov. Jay Nixon, four previous Missouri governors and seven first ladies.

Hearnes died late Sunday night at the age of 86 at his home in Charleston.

He was the first Missouri governor to serve two full consecutive terms, from 1965 to 1973. During his tenure, Missouri greatly expanded its spending for mental health care, public schools and state colleges and universities.

Hearnes also served in the Missouri House and as secretary of state.

 

Gov. Jay Nixon and his wife first lady Georganne Wheeler Nixon pay respects at the casket of former Gov. Warren Hearnes.
Gov. Jay Nixon hugs Betty Cooper Hearnes, the wife of former Gov. Warren Hearnes, as first lady Georganne Wheeler Nixon greets Betty Hearnes' sister Jane Cooper Stacy on Wednesday morning.
The MU University Singers perform "Amazing Grace" during a memorial service for former Gov. Warren Hearnes.
Attendees were stacked three stories high around the rotunda at the Capitol on Wednesday.
Members of the 135th Army Band of Springfield prepare for a procession around the Capitol.
Pallbearers from the Missouri State Highway Patrol carry Hearnes' casket out of the Capitol building Wednesday afternoon.
Betty Cooper Hearnes is assisted into a limousine after her husband's memorial service.
The hearse carrying former Gov. Warren Hearnes passes the Capitol during procession after the memorial service.

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