Republican Gov. Sam Brownback mentioned during his State of the State two Hutchinson women who represented the 102nd House District and who both died in 2017, but he erred in the sequence of their deaths.

Brownback spoke at length about former Rep. Jan Pauls, R-Hutchinson, who died about six months after she left office. He said Pauls’ replacement in the House, Patsy Terrell, also died unexpectedly less than a month after Pauls.

Terrell, D-Hutchinson, defeated Pauls in November 2016 and took office in 2017. Pauls had previously switched from Democrat to Republican because of social issues. 

Terrell died in her sleep June 7, 2017, after the Senate and House voted June 6 to override Brownback’s veto of an income tax increase bill. Terrell supported the override. Pauls died July 5, 2017.

Brownback eulogized Pauls at her Hutchinson funeral. Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer attended a memorial service for Terrell in Hutchinson.

In his prepared State of the State speech, Brownback said:

“Let me end with a story about one of your former colleagues, Jan Pauls, a friend of mine on the journey. Jan served in this body for over 20 years with distinction and grace. An able legislator with her husband Ron always at her side. She never lost sight of her values and what was important to her. She lost her last election when she wouldn’t compromise her values and less than a year later she lost her life.

“Jan’s funeral was a celebration of a warrior gone to her eternal rest ... loved and beloved. Her life was well lived for the God she served. I had seen her alive in a hospital bed three weeks earlier. Gone were the earthly worries that so easily distract us. She was at peace. Can any of us ask for any more? Less than a month after Jan’s passing, her replacement in the Legislature, Patsy Terrell, also passed away unexpectedly.

“May we have a moment of silence for both of them.”

Rep. Jason Probst, D-Hutchinson, was chosen in June to fill the remainder of Terrell's term.