Sen. Lamar Alexander's wife Honey Alexander dies at the age of 77

Former Tennessee governor and wife of US Sen. Lamar Alexander dies at 77

His wife was known as "Honey" by the family of Alexander.

She died Saturday at his home outside the Tennessee city of Maryville

Honey Alexander served as governor from 1979 to 1987 and campaigned for him throughout his political career.

Honey Alexander also served as the US Secretary of Education under President George H.W. bush.

Honey Alexandre co-founded Leadership Nashville in 1976 and has served on several boards including the Junior League and Hermitage of Nashville.

"Our beloved 'Honey' was funny, loving, always caring, selfless and courageous," his family said in the statement.

Honey Alexander was born on October 12, 1945 in Los Angeles. She was working for Texas US Sen. John Tower

Honey Alexander loved taking walks, planting flowers and reading historical novels, his family said