Wife of ex-Masterton mayor dies

Eva Francis, the wife of Masterton's longest-serving mayor, has died at home. She was 69.

Bob Francis, the Wairarapa town's mayor for 21 years over seven terms until 2007, said his wife died on Sunday night after a battle with liver cancer that was diagnosed only in December last year.

"We had a very special relationship for nearly 50 years ... she has been an incredible support to me right through the years."

As he was often away from home with sporting or political engagements, his wife had been a "great mother" to their four children and 12 grandchildren.

His wife was a ''real fitness person'' who walked every day for long distances.

Her family were with her at home at the end.

Eva Francis will be farewelled at 1pm on Thursday at Masterton Town Hall. 

The Dominion Post