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Former Gov. Arch Moore dies

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Arch Moore, West Virginia’s only three-term governor and a six-term congressman, died Wednesday at age 91, just a day after his daughter, Shelley Moore Capito, took office as West Virginia’s newest senator.

Capito confirmed her father’s death in an email.

“Dad loved the state of West Virginia as if it were a member of our family,” Capito said in a statement late Wednesday. “Serving West Virginians was at the core of his very being and he cherished every moment of it.”

She goes on to say she and her siblings, Lucy Moore Durbin and Arch A. Moore III, would “miss his warm embraces, beautiful smile, sky blue eyes and words of encouragement.”

“We are deeply saddened to say goodbye to our loving father, but we take solace in the knowledge that he is at home with the Lord, and reunited with our beloved mother in Heaven,” Capito said.

His wife and former first lady, Shelley Riley Moore, died in September.

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