Lilian Bemus, 88, mother of Governor Patrick's wife
The governor's mother-in-law, Lilian Bemus of Hollis, N.Y., died as the Patricks celebrated their silver anniversary.
The governor left the State House wearing a somber expression but carrying a gift bag. Patrick's office said he will not have a public schedule the rest of the week.
A statement from the governor's office indicated that Mrs. Bemus died after a lengthy illness at age 88.
Mrs. Bemus was the daughter of Bertram L. Baker, the first black elected official from Brooklyn and the first black majority whip of the New York State Assembly, according to the governor's office.
She received her bachelor's degree and master's degree from Hunter College in New York.
Mrs. Bemus had been a Brooklyn schoolteacher for 30 years, retiring in 1985.
In addition to her daughter, Mrs. Bemus leaves her husband of 62 years, John; two other children, John Bemus and Lynn Prime; a sister, Marion Howell; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in R. Stutzmann & Sons in Queens, N.Y.