JUNEAU - Gov. Sean Parnell has ordered flags to be lowered to half-staff today in memory of Lu Young, the wife of Rep. Don Young.
Lu Young died Sunday of natural causes at the couple's home in Great Falls, Va. She was 67.
Don Young said he was heartbroken about the death of his wife of 46 years.
"Lu was my everything," the Alaska Republican said in a statement released by his office.
Lu Young was a bookkeeper when the couple met in the Athabascan village of Fort Yukon, just above the Arctic Circle. Don Young was working as an elementary school teacher at the village school at the time, according to his congressional biography.
Fort Yukon has remained the couple's home in Alaska. The Youngs have two daughters and 14 grandchildren.
"This has come as a shock to all of us," Don Young said. "There are no words to express my grief right now. I am a man of strong faith, and I know she is in good hands with our Lord, and will always be with me, our daughters and our grandchildren."
Plans for a memorial were not yet set.
In lieu of flowers, the Young family asked that donations be made to the Lu Young Fund for Children of Families Fighting Cancer or the Doyon Foundation.