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Governor Rockefeller's Ex-Wife Dies

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Barbara Sears Rockefeller, who was briefly married to Winthrop Rockefeller and was the mother of former Lt. Governor Win Paul Rockefeller, has died.  She was 91.

Winthrop Rockefeller married Barbara Sears on Valentine's Day in 1948.  They had one child and the marriage dissolved, with the high-profile divorce final in 1954.

Known as Bobo, Barbara Rockefeller walked away with a settlement worth more than $5.5 million, though while the agreement was pending she complained to Time magazine that a merchant was threatening to repossess her vacuum cleaner.

A private family service will be held at a later date, according to Ruebel Funeral Home, which confirmed Rockefeller's death and said she died in Little Rock.  No cause of death was given.

Her paid obituary in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette did not mention her former husband but the first survivor listed was Lisenne Rockefeller, her son's widow.

The obituary said memorials can be made to The Academy at Riverdale in Little Rock.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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