Dee Caperton Kessel

 

 

Age: 57

 

Summary: former first lady of West Virginia from 1989 to 1990 who was the ex-wife of former West Virginia governor Gaston Caperton, who as a 21-year-old won the Miss West Virginia title and was named second runner-up in the national Miss America Pageant, the only West Virginian ever to place among the ten finalists, who was elected to the West Virginia House of Delegates in 1986, leading the ticket in the general election, but who declined to seek a second term when her husband announced his candidacy for governor, who promised to work for education, children and women's issues, and caused quite a stir when she established an office near her husband's in the State Capitol and later unsuccessfully ran in the election for U.S. State Treasurer after divorcing Caperton in 1990, but who left her career in politics and moved to France, where she established a small hotel in the medieval town of Saint-Remy.

 

 

Cause of Death: Cancer

 

Born: February 26, 1943

 

Died: September 1, 2000

 

Location: St. Remy, France