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Flags at half-staff in honor of former State Rep. Odilia Dank

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Flags across the state will be lowered to half staff Friday in memory of former State Rep. Odilia Dank.

Dank passed away at the age of 74 last Saturday.

In her honor, Governor Mary Fallin has ordered flags be flown at half-staff Friday night until Monday morning.

She served in the Oklahoma House of Representatives from 1994 to 2006.

T.W. Shannon, Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives issued this statement:

“Odilia Dank was known to all of us as a force to be reckoned with as well as a greatly beloved member of the state legislature and the Oklahoma community. She was a staunch advocate for education. Her commitment to legislative transparency led to the 24-hour rule we operate under today. It requires us to post a bill for 24 hours before we can vote on it on the House floor. We mourn the loss of this Oklahoma leader and our condolences go to our colleague, Representative David Dank, and his family in this difficult time. We will keep them in our hearts and prayers.” 

For 28 years she worked as a teacher and a counselor for the Oklahoma City and the Mid-Del school districts.

She also served on the board of the Oklahoma Teacher Retirement System.

Democratic Leader Scott Inman issued this statement:

“It was with profound sadness that I learned of the passing of former State Representative Odilia Dank. I have the privilege of calling Odilia and her beloved husband Rep. David Dank my friends. Odilia was an intelligent woman whom I would describe as determined, thoughtful, tenacious, and compassionate. She was truly a public servant. She dedicated her early life and career to the education of Oklahoma’s school children, including students at my alma mater, Del City High School.

 When she left the halls of our public schools, she carried her heart to serve others into the Oklahoma legislature. A vocal leader unafraid to take unpopular positions, Odilia established a reputation as one who not only cared about the future of our children and our state, but as one who cared about the process by which we got there. A tireless advocate for greater openness and transparency in government, Odilia’s legislative legacy is highlighted by her efforts to make the Oklahoma House of Representatives a more open and accessible place for all of Oklahoma’s citizens. Our beloved state is better because of Odilia Dank. She will be missed.

 On behalf of the entire Oklahoma House Democratic Caucus, I want to extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to Rep. David Dank and his entire family. We pray God will grant them the peace and comfort they need during this difficult time.”

A funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at Christ the King Catholic church, 8005 Dorset Drive.