State leaders honor former Montana governor Judy Martz

(HELENA) Montana state leaders paid their last respects Friday morning to former Governor Judy Martz, the state’s first female governor.

Montana Highway Patrol troopers and Butte-Silver Bow police escorted Martz’s family from Butte to Helena. When they arrived at the Montana State Capitol, Gov. Steve Bullock, Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney, Attorney General Tim Fox and other state leaders were on hand to meet them.

Members of the MHP Honor Guard escorted Martz’s ashes, carried in a silver heart-shaped urn, up the Capitol’s front steps and into the rotunda. There, Martz lay in state throughout the day, with troopers continuing to stand guard.