Luper given exception

Published: June 17, 2011
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Luper given exception

Clara Luper is only the second person to lie in repose at the state Capitol with no direct ties to an elected state official, documents show.


Aviator Wiley Post was the other. He was killed in a 1935 airplane crash, said Michael Dean, a spokesman with the Oklahoma Historical Society.

The bodies of two other nonelected persons were allowed to lie in repose in the Capitol, but both were former first ladies, he said.

Alice Murray, wife of former Gov. William. H. Murray, who died in 1938, and her daughter-in-law, Willie Murray, the ex-wife of former Gov. Johnston Murray, died in 1963. During the time she lived in the Governor's Mansion she was considered to be one of the state's most popular first ladies. Gov. Mary Fallin allowed the exception for Luper. Only present or former statewide elected officials and present or former members of the Legislature may lie in repose in the Capitol. However, exceptions have occurred to allow the same courtesy to a state agency director and state appellate judges.

MICHAEL MCNUTT, CAPITOL BUREAU


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