Betty McCaskill, first woman elected to Columbia City Council, dies at 84

Monday, October 29, 2012 | 7:33 p.m. CDT; updated 9:31 p.m. CDT, Monday, October 29, 2012

JEFFERSON CITY — Betty Anne Ward McCaskill, the mother of Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill and a political trailblazer in her own right, died Monday at her home in St. Louis after a long struggle with heart and kidney problems, the senator said.