Dee Caperton
Miss West Virginia of 1964
Dee Caperton
Ella Dee Kessel Caperton was a First Lady of West Virginia and Miss West Virginia. She was the ex-wife of former West Virginia Gov. Gaston Caperton, and the daughter of former Jackson County Circuit Court Judge and West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Oliver Kessel.
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  • 2000
    Age 56
    She died in France on September 1, 2000.
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  • 1990
    Age 46
    After divorcing Caperton in 1990, she created national headlines when she announced her candidacy for State Treasurer of West Virginia that year.
    More Details Hide Details After losing the Treasurer's race, she moved to France, where she operated a small hotel in Saint-Remy.
  • 1989
    Age 45
    After becoming First Lady in 1989, she became the first First Lady of West Virginia to have her own office in the State Capitol.
    More Details Hide Details As First Lady she focused on education, children and women's issues.
  • 1988
    Age 44
    She did not seek reelection in 1988, in order to campaign statewide for Caperton's campaign for governor.
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  • 1986
    Age 42
    After working as an interior decorator, studying classical music, and learning how to fly an airplane, in 1986 Kessel Caperton was elected to the West Virginia House of Delegates for a two year term.
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  • 1965
    Age 21
    She married Caperton in 1965.
    More Details Hide Details Two sons were born of the marriage, W.G. (Gat) Caperton, and John Kessel Caperton.
  • 1964
    Age 20
    She was Miss West Virginia 1964 and the second runner up in the Miss America pageant.
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  • 1943
    Born on February 26, 1943.
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