Wife of former Iowa congressman dies 8 days after husband

DES MOINES, Iowa — The wife of a former Dem­ocratic Iowa congressman has died just eight days after her husband.

A spokesman for the family said Darlene “Dody” Boswell died early Saturday after a prolonged illness. She was 82.

Her husband, former Rep. Leonard Boswell, died Aug. 18 after complications from a rare form of cancer.

Dody Boswell was born in Thief River Falls, Minn., and attended Graceland College in Lamoni, Iowa, where she met Leonard Boswell. They married in 1955 and had three children. She taught elementary school for 37 years, mostly in Lamoni.

Family spokesman and former chief of staff Grant Woodard said the family held a joint service and burial for the couple on Saturday.