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|First Lady of Florida|
January 8, 1991 – December 12, 1998
|Preceded by||Mary Jane Martinez|
|Succeeded by||Anne Selph MacKay|
December 1, 1930|
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Died||November 8, 2015
Anna Maria Island, Florida, U.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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