SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — The widow of former Pennsylvania governor and presidential candidate William Warren Scranton has died. Mary Scranton was 97.

Susan Scranton Dawson says her mother died Saturday at a retirement community in Montecito, California, after a long illness.

Her husband was a progressive Republican from the northeastern Pennsylvania city named after his wealthy family. He was elected to Congress in 1960 and served one term before he was elected governor in 1962.

His foray into presidential politics occurred in 1964, during his one term as governor. He emerged as a moderately liberal alternative to conservative Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater.

He died in 2013 at 96.

Mary Scranton graduated from Smith College, worked as a nurse's aide during World War II and served on numerous boards.

She's survived by her four children.