Women's rights activist Flora Crater dies

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Women's rights activist Flora M. Trimmer Crater of Falls Church has died. She was 94.

Crater died Sunday morning at her daughter's home in Delaware.

She was the founder of Virginia's first chapter of the National Organization for Women. She led a group called Crater's Raiders that in 1972 lobbied Congress to pass the Equal Rights Amendment.

Crater was unable to persuade the Virginia General Assembly to ratify the ERA. But in 1997, the assembly passed a resolution honoring Crater for her lifetime of work empowering women and minorities.

A native of Costa Rica, Crater primarily grew up in Orange County.

Her funeral is planned for Thursday at 2 p.m. at Preddy Funeral Home in Orange.

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