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December 26, 2007




Lowering of Flags in Honor of Evelyn Gandy


WHEREAS, Evelyn Gandy, a pathfinder in Mississippi, will always be remembered fondly for her historic contributions to the State of Mississippi as a trailblazer for women in government and for her dedicated and effective public service; and


WHEREAS, in her era, Ms. Gandy broke the glass ceiling for the expectations of women, earning a law degree from the University of Mississippi in 1943 as the only female in her graduating class; and


WHEREAS, Ms. Gandy’s ambition and intellect, coupled with her courage to break the political mold, resulted in her election as the state’s first female State Treasurer; Insurance Commissioner; and Lieutenant Governor, the position for which she is most well-known; and


WHEREAS, Ms. Gandy was committed to making Mississippi a better place through serving in various public service capacities, including as a member of the Mississippi House of Representatives; Assistant Attorney General; and Commissioner of Public Welfare; and


WHEREAS, Ms. Gandy’s long-time service to the State of Mississippi, marked by dignity, bipartisanship, and a calm effectiveness, has earned her the respect and admiration of the people of the state, for whom she will always serve as an exemplary role model; and


WHEREAS, on the occasion of her passing, Evelyn Gandy’s unprecedented service should be honored across the State of Mississippi;


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Haley Barbour, by the authority vested in me as Governor by the Constitution and laws of the State of Mississippi, do hereby proclaim a period of official mourning in the State of Mississippi and further do hereby order the flag of the State of Mississippi and the flag of the United States of America be flown at half-staff on all buildings and grounds of the State of Mississippi and all areas under its jurisdiction beginning at sunrise on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2007 and ending at sunset on Friday, Dec. 28, 2007.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Mississippi to be affixed.


DONE at the Capitol in the City of Jackson, the 26th day of December, in the year of our Lord two thousand seven, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-second.