|Name||Patsy Ann Kurth|
, Florida , United States
|| February 02, 1941
|Died||April 27, 2011
May 02, 2011 07:16am
|Info||More than five years after a debilitating stroke, former State Sen. Patsy Kurth has passed away. |
The 70-year-old died early Wednesday, according to family and friends.
Kurth, of Malabar, served as state senator from 1992 to 2000. She then ran unsuccessfully as a Democrat for a congressional seat, losing to Dave Weldon.
Kurth remained partially paralyzed from a stroke in 2005 and never regained consciousness after a second stroke last week, according to one of her daughters, Martha Kurth Harbin.
Born in Missouri in 1941, Kurth, the cousin of former House Democratic Leader Richard Gephardt, D-Mo, came to Brevard County in 1962 to sell real estate. She attended Southwest Missouri State Teachers College and Brevard Community College.
Before she was elected to the Senate, Kurth was a real estate broker specializing in commercial and investment properties.
Kurth was instrumental in sponsoring legislation to fund Healthy Families statewide.
Healthy Families is a community-based program designed to prevent child abuse and neglect by promoting healthy child development.
Family policy advocate Jack Levine of Tallahassee said he worked with Kurth for decades. He called her the "go-to person" for issues involving children and families and that she never got caught up in partisan politics.