Jan Brewer

Arizona's 1st female governor, Rose Mofford, dies at 94

When Rose Mofford was thrown into the role of Arizona's governor, she was also plunged into a political hailstorm. With her predecessor impeached, a budget deficit and the state refusing to enact the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, Arizona was making headlines for all the wrong reasons.

As Republicans and Democrats questioned what the future would bring, the state's first female governor worked with a steady hand to navigate the tumultuous era and turned out to be the right leader at the right time.

"She was a healing force because she was so well known and trusted," said Alan Stephens, a Democrat and state Senate minority leader during Mofford's tenure. "We...