DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad says one of his former Lt. Governors, Joy Corning, has died at the age of 84.
Corning served two terms as lieutenant governor under Branstad beginning in 1990. She had lived with a liver condition for 21 years, but she told the Des Moines Register recently that her health had been failing.
Branstad says he was saddened to hear about Corning’s death. He remembers her as a dedicated mother and excellent role model who fought for quality education.
Corning had the opportunity to say goodbye to her three daughters and nine grandchildren and write her own obituary before her death.
The Register says Corning didn’t even mention her role as lieutenant governor in the obituary she wrote. Her daughters added it at the end.
“I was saddened to hear today of Joy Corning’s passing. Joy was a very dedicated mother and grandmother and an excellent role model. Joy was a strong advocate for quality education and served as President of the Cedar Falls school board, before defeating an incumbent to serve in the Iowa State Senate. I was impressed by her commitment to education and was proud to have selected her to be the first person to run for lt. governor after the Constitution was amended to have the governor and lt. governor elected as a team. She was an outstanding, unflappable leader who treated everyone with the respect and dignity they deserved. Joy’s three daughters and their families are in our family’s thoughts and prayers.” –Gov. Terry Branstad
“Joy Corning was a tremendous mentor and role model for me personally, as well as so many other women. I treasured the times we got together, and the guidance and encouragement she gave me. We had both came from very similar backgrounds serving in local and state government before serving as lt. governor. We also were both proud mothers to three daughters. Family was always very important to Joy and I appreciated the example she set in having a professional career, while always putting her family first. I’m going to miss Joy and the guidance she gave me. The entire Corning family is in Kevin and I’s thoughts and prayers.” –Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds