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Phyllis Pond Obituary

Phyllis Pond (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Phyllis Pond (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — The longest-serving female state representative in Indiana's history has died after 35 years in office.

The Indiana House speaker's office announced the death of Republican Rep. Phyllis Pond of New Haven. The 82-year-old Pond had three weeks ago announced her decision to resign effective Oct. 15 after being recently diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis

Pond was a retired kindergarten teacher first elected to her Fort Wayne-area district in 1978. Her legislative work included pushing measures that reduced class sizes throughout the state and helped minority students attend law school.

House Speaker Brian Bosma says Pond forged a new path for women legislators in Indiana and that her dedication and service will be fondly remembered.

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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers from September 24 to September 25, 2013
PHYLLIS JOAN RUBLE POND, 82, of New Haven, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, surrounded by her loving family. Born Oct. 25, 1930, she was a daughter of the late... Read Obituary
Published in the The Indianapolis Star from September 25 to September 26, 2013
Phyllis Joan Ruble Pond 82, of New Haven went to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, September 22, 2013 surrounded by her loving family. Born on October 25, 1930, she was the daughter of the... Read Obituary

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