(WUSA9/CNN/AP) --Margaret Thatcher, the Prime Minister of Great Britain from 1979 to 1990, has died. She was 87 years old.
Thatcher was born in October 13, 1925in Grantham, Lincolnshire, England as Margaret Hilda Roberts. She married Sir Denis Thatcher and had two children, Mark and Carol, in1953.
Thatcher, who was called the Iron Lady,was the only female prime minister of Great Britain and the only British prime minister of the 20th century to win three consecutive terms.
You may remember that she had a great friendship and working relationship with U.S. President Ronald Reagan. She attended his funeral in 2004 despite her doctors telling her to remain at home. Thatcher spoke fondly of Reagan as "a great president, a great American, and a great man" in a pre-recorded video.
In 1991, she receivedthe U.S. Medal of Freedom from President George Bush.
From 1993 to 2000, she served as chancellor of the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. But in 2002, she retired from public life after suffering a series of small strokes.
In 2008, it was confirmed that she suffered from dementia. Then in December 2012, Thatcher was admitted to the hospital "to remove a growth in her bladder."
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Monday morning, her spokesperson told CNN that she had died following a stroke.
The British government says Thatcher will receive a ceremonial funeral with military honors at St. Paul's Cathedral. The service will be followed by a private cremation.
Thatcher impacted the lives of many people in England and across the world. Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell issued the following statement on Monday:
"With great sadness, I learned of the passing of Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Throughout her career, including 15 years as leader of the Conservative Party, Prime Minister Thatcher kept to her principles and used her remarkable talents to achieve positive results for the country she loved. As the first female prime minister of the United Kingdom she set an example for generations to come by leading with courage, grace, and unfaltering resolve. In my fourth year in the legislature in 1995, Baroness Thatcher addressed the Virginia General Assembly in Richmond, saying 'those unwilling to live the strenuous life of liberty; those who do not value freedom for its own sake, rather than its comforts, are unlikely to hold on to it... when I consider all that this place has given to democracy, I am moved to say that in spirit, I am a Virginian.' Virginia stands with the people of Britain in mourning the passing of this pioneering leader and in reflecting on her life of service."