Former First Lady Bonnie Bryan loses battle with leukemia |

Former First Lady Bonnie Bryan loses battle with leukemia

Staff Reports

Former Nevada First Lady Bonnie Fairchild Bryan died in Las Vegas today surrounded by her husband and family following a valiant battle with leukemia. She was 77.

“I know I speak for many Nevadans who saw Bonnie as a splendid example of a First Lady and a superb role model for so many young people,” said Bryan family spokesman Greg Ferraro, “A family favorite, Bonnie will be profoundly missed by her husband, her three children and their families, and her legion of friends.

“Her tireless work on behalf of our state won’t soon be forgotten. Married to Sen. Bryan for 54 years, Bonnie, with her kindness and authentic warmth, left an indelible mark on the State she loved so much.”

Gov. Brian Sandoval said he saw the Bryans at the dedication of the senator’s statue at the University of Nevada, Reno.

“Bonnie Bryan served as Nevada’s First Lady with elegance, grace and an incredible strength of character,” he said in a statement. “She lived her life with a passion for Nevada that was only matched by her love for her husband and devotion to her family. Bonnie was incredibly proud of Sen. Bryan and their entire family on that day, and every day. We are a better state because of this extraordinary woman. Kathleen and I extend our deepest condolences to the Bryan family.”

Funeral services are pending.