BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Former Idaho first lady Lola Evans died Tuesday in her Boise home. She was married to former Democratic Gov. John Evans for nearly 70 years.

The 88-year-old Evans died of natural causes. Her husband, who served as governor from 1977 to 1987, died nearly a year ago. The two were high school sweethearts and married just before John deployed for World War II.

They had five children. Daughter Susan Evans Scarlett says her mother always showed a love for life, whether it was during the decade she was Idaho's first lady or sneaking away to the couple's ranch in southeastern Idaho.