Jeannette Cathy, wife of Chick-fil-A founder, dead at 92

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ATLANTA (AP) — Chick-fil-A officials say Jeannette McNeil Cathy, the wife of the restaurant chain's late founder, Truett Cathy, has died at age 92.

Officials said in a release that Cathy was surrounded by family when she died Wednesday night at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital. Officials say Jeannette Cathy attended New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and married Truett Cathy in 1948. The two met when she was 8 years old.

Officials say Jeanette Cathy supported her husband through the launch of the Chick-fil-A brand in 1967. Officials say Truett Cathy — who died in 2014 — had credited his wife with strengthening his Christian faith. All Chick-fil-A restaurants are closed on Sundays.

Dan T. Cathy, the couple's oldest son, serves as president and CEO of Chick-fil-A, Inc. Cathy says his mother was the family's "spiritual nucleus and encourager."