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Ruthie Johnson, the "Grand Dame" of North Idaho Republicans, overcame great poverty at a young age to grow up and become friends with prominent Republican leaders and presidents. She died Wednesday. Pictured about 1986, from left: Ruthie's husband Wayne Johnson, President Ronald Reagan, Ruthie and U.S. Sen. Steve Symms.

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Ruthie Johnson lived an American Dream
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Ruthie Johnson lived an American Dream

'Grand Dame' of North Idaho Republicans dies at 96

'Grand Dame' of North Idaho Republicans Ruthie Johnson dies at 96