Mother Of First Lady Easley Dies

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The governor's office says the mother of North Carolina first lady Mary Easley has died in Wilmington at the age of 88.

Ann Pipines was born in New York and raised her family in New
Jersey before she and her husband, James, moved to Wilmington for
retirement. Governor Mike Easley and Mary Easley keep a home in
nearby Southport.

The first lady's mother died Monday at Cape Fear Hospital. The
family scheduled visitation for Thursday night at a Wilmington
funeral home.

In addition to her husband of 65 years and her daughter, Mary
Easley, Mrs. Pipines is survived by another daughter, Irene Pipines
Kittrell of Burlington, and her grandson, Michael F. Easley Jr.