Smokies deputy superintendent dies of cancer

Staff in the Great Smoky Mountains are mourning the loss of one of the national park's leaders.

Deputy Superintendent Patty Wissinger died Friday night of cancer. Wissinger began her 33-year career as a seasonal campground ranger on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Before coming to the Smokies, Wissinger served as the superintendent of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area.

She was 55 years old.


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