INDIANAPOLIS – Calling and funeral arrangements for Rep. Phyllis Pond, R-New Haven, are still being completed.
Pond died Sunday at 6:34 p.m. after being diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis in late August.
She was elected to the Indiana House in 1978 and was the longest-serving female state representative in the history of Indiana.
She was also the first female lawmaker to earn a seat in the front row in the House Chamber, which is reserved for House leaders or representatives with the most seniority.
The calling and funeral will be held at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in New Haven, and will be open to the public. Time and date are still being determined by the Pond family.
Cards can be sent to Pond’s family at 8530 Seiler Road, New Haven, IN 46774.
“Phyllis Pond was an historic leader for Allen County and for the people of Indiana. She was one of the first women to serve in the State Legislature from our area, and she served with great effectiveness, passion and distinction for 35 years,” said Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne.
“She never lost her zeal for the job, nor her focus on improving the lives of the people of our state. It's hard to imagine our delegation without Phyllis. We will miss her greatly.”
Gov. Mike Pence also lauded Pond’s service to the state.
“A devoted public servant for 35 years, Phyllis Pond led with integrity and passion, consistently placing the needs of those in her district before her own and influencing improvements to education for all Hoosiers,” he said. “It is with heavy hearts that the First Lady and I offer our deepest condolences and prayers to her beloved family as we join them in mourning the loss of this extraordinary Hoosier leader.”
The Indiana House of Representatives will honor Pond on Organization Day, Nov. 19 in the House Chamber. At that time, her name will be added to the “In Memory Of” plaque that is displayed in the chamber, which lists legislators who have died while serving in the House.