Her son, Reginald Salcido, said she had died of heart failure.
Governor Faubus’s actions in 1957 led to a constitutional crisis over federal and state powers, and the Supreme Court held that a governor could not block a federal court order. The Little Rock case played out over two years of political drama that included riots, the closing of high schools and international condemnation of white supremacy in the South.
Mrs. Salcido was born on Feb. 13, 1920, and she lived most of her life in California. She went there during World War II to work in a defense factory and later eloped with her boss, Raul Salcido. When her brother drew national attention over the school crisis, she expressed her opposition to his action in an interview with a California newspaper.
Her criticism was quickly reported in Arkansas and caused several years of hard feelings between her and the governor.