Nation: Quiet First Lady

Mamie Eisenhower dies at 82

Almost everywhere the campaign train stopped in the fall of 1952 crowds chanted: "We want Mamie." Nobody was more startled by the cheering than Mamie Doud Eisenhower, the quiet, self-effacing woman who lived for her famous husband and had no appetite for public life. "Ike fights the wars," she said. "I turn the lamb chops."

As First Lady for eight years, she scarcely changed her lifestyle. She still delighted in pink ruffles, wore her trademark bangs, smiled continually and said little. She received thousands of letters imploring her...

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