"Trudi and I are saddened to hear of the death of Lois Spellman. Our state is better for the life and work of this gracious, loving and kind woman.
"She was John’s trusted advisor throughout his career, and a strong protector of everyone around her ̶ from members of her family to state employees. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Spellman family. Losing Lois so shortly after the death of John is heartbreaking. Seven million Washingtonians are holding this family in our hearts."
Inslee's Jan. 16 statement on the death of Gov. John Spellman.