Former S Korea first lady dies at 97

World | ASSOCIATED PRESS 12 Jun 2019

Lee Hee Ho, a South Korean feminist activist who fought for democracy against dictatorships alongside her husband and future President Kim Dae Jung, has died. She was 97.

A devout Christian, Lee left a will saying she would pray for the South Korean people and a peaceful unification with North Korea in heaven, according to Park Han Shik, an official from the Kim Dae Jung Peace Center. Park said Lee died Monday of old age.

President Moon Jae In tweeted the country has lost a "great person" who devoted her life to women and democracy.

Born in Seoul, Lee, following her studies in the United States, began actively campaigning for women's rights in the 1950s, establishing activist and research groups and serving a senior role with South Korea's YWCA.

In 1962, she married Kim, who became president in 1997. Her husband died in 2009.

She is survived by two sons.

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