THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT
Hillary and I were deeply saddened to learn of the death of a wonderful woman and good family friend, Helen McLarty.
I have known Helen McLarty my entire life. She was an exemplary citizen and a devoted wife and mother. Like my own mother, she fought a long battle against cancer with courage and perseverance. Throughout her illness, she was a constant source of strength to all of those around her.
In addition to the love and support she gave to her family, Helen McLarty was a remarkable citizen whose contributions to her community -- as the first woman to serve on the Arkansas Industrial Development Commission and as a partner with her husband in building the McLarty Companies into one of the region's largest transportation firms -- will not be forgotten.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Helen's sons Mack and Bud McLarty, her grandchildren, and the rest of her family and friends during this difficult time.