Jerry and Macel Falwell (Liberty Univ. photo)
Macel & Jerry Falwell Sr. (Liberty Univ. photo)

Macel Falwell, the widow of the Rev. Jerry Falwell Sr., has died. at age 82.  The Falwell family announced her death Thursday on social media, and in a statement released Friday, it said Macel Falwell “passed away peacefully last night at her residence after a lengthy illness.” Macel Falwell was a lifelong Lynchburg resident; she and her husband were married for 49 years. Jerry Falwell, Sr. was an early conservative cultural warrior and founder of the Moral Majority. He died in May 2007.   The Falwells had three children: Jonathan, the pastor of Thomas Road Baptist Church, where his father preached for 51 years; Jeannie Savas, a surgeon; and Jerry Jr., the president of Liberty University, the private Christian university also founded by Falwell Sr.

(Associated Press contributed to this report.)