Former state Rep. Odilia Dank has died.
She was 74.
Dank represented House District 85 from 1994 until she reached term limits in 2006. She also served two terms as vice chair of the Oklahoma Republican Party, from 1999 until 2003, and was a delegate to Republican National Conventions in 2000 and 2004.
Dank died Saturday at Oklahoma Heart Hospital after a lengthy battle with cancer, her husband, state Rep. David Dank, said Sunday.
She was a graduate of Casady School, Randolph-Macone Women's College and the University of Oklahoma. She worked for 28 years as a teacher and counselor in the Oklahoma City and Mid-Del school systems, and later served on the board of the Oklahoma Teacher Retirement System.
She was the first Republican to chair the House Education Committee, which led to passage of legislation that created the state end-of-instruction tests for high school students and expanding charter school opportunities.
David Dank said he was grateful for the outpouring of support and condolences after her death, including a call from Gov. Mary Fallin, who at one time held the same District 85 legislative seat.
Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Christ the King Catholic Church, 8005 Dorset Drive. Rosary is 6:30 p.m. Friday.
“I am so grateful for the 36 years I had with Odilia and to all those who have offered their support,” David Dank said. “She was a great lady who had a tremendous impact on everyone who knew her.”