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Rhea Chiles
First Lady of Florida
In office
January 8, 1991 – December 12, 1998
Governor Lawton Chiles
Preceded by Mary Jane Martinez
Succeeded by Anne Selph MacKay
Personal details
Born (1930-12-01)December 1, 1930
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died November 8, 2015(2015-11-08) (aged 84)
Anna Maria Island, Florida, U.S.
Nationality American
Spouse(s)
Lawton Chiles (m. 1951–1998)
(his death)
Children Tandy Chiles Barrett; Ed; Lawton Chiles, III ("Bud"); Rhea Gay
Alma mater University of Florida

Rhea Chiles (December 1, 1930 – November 8, 2015) was an American philanthropist and writer. She was the former First Lady of the State of Florida serving from 1991 to 1998. She was married to the late Governor Lawton Chiles.

In 1998, Chiles founded The Lawton Chiles Foundation, which carries on the commitment of her husband to benefit the lives of children in Florida. In 2009, Chiles was designated a Distinguished Floridian by the Florida Economics Club at an event hosted by former Florida Supreme Court Justice Major B. Harding and keynoted by former United States Senator Sam Nunn.

Chiles died from a long-illness at her home in Anna Maria Islands, Florida at the age of 84.


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