Flags to be flown at half-staff to honor former First Lady Susan Bayh, friend recalls, ‘She instilled confidence in me’

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INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Eric Holcomb Friday directed flags across the state to be flown at half-staff to honor former First Lady Susan Bayh.

Bayh died Feb. 4 in McLean, Virginia “after a long and courageous fight” against brain cancer, her family said. She was Indiana’s first lady for eight years after her husband, Evan Bayh, became governor in 1989.

As the memorial for former First Lady will be held at a later date when health conditions allow, flags should be flown at half-staff in her honor from now until sunset on Thursday, Feb. 18.

During her time as Indiana’s first lady, she supported candidates running for State Senate like Becky Buse. Buse recalled that her favorite thing about Susan Bayh was her smile.

“I was walking into a situation that I kind of got talked into and I had no idea what I was doing,” Buse said. “She was always a person that I could talk to. She instilled confidence in me. Her and her husband Evan did. They were always there.

Gov. Holcomb also asks businesses and residents to lower their flags to half-staff.

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