MONTPELIER (AP) -- Tributes poured in Friday in for state Sen. Sally Fox, a long-time Vermont lawmaker who served in both the House and Senate and who was known for helping the most vulnerable.
Officials at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington said Fox died Friday. She was 62. The Burlington Free Press reported she had been battling cancer.
Fox, a lawyer, served in the House representing Essex from 1987-2000 and returned to the Senate in 2011.
"Sally Fox was a relentless champion for kids and vulnerable Vermonters. Those who often lack a voice always had an advocate with Sally in the Statehouse," Gov. Peter Shumlin said Friday in a statement.
Shumlin served in the House Judiciary Committee with Fox when he first arrived in the House.
"Sally took me under her wing and taught me a great deal about how to effectively serve Vermonters in the State House," he said. "She was a great friend, and I will miss her tremendously."
Sen. President Pro Tem John Campbell said he couldn't think of anyone more courageous and passionate in fighting for people who couldn't fight for themselves.
"She fought tirelessly to ensure that all Vermonters have access to quality health care, that those who suffer from mental illness are not forgotten, and that our children are provided with every opportunity to succeed," Campbell said. "While Sally's physical presence may be absent from the Vermont state Senate, her spirit will live on and provide us with guidance, compassion, and support."
Fox is survived by her husband and two grown sons.
Services are set for Sunday in Burlington.