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Epitome of the citizen-lawmaker

Pond

The state’s founding fathers probably never imagined a woman as a legislator, but they surely envisioned citizen-legislators in the mold of Phyllis Pond. A teacher for East Allen County Schools before she retired, Pond spent 35 years addressing the issues closest to residents of Indiana House District 85.

Suffering from pulmonary fibrosis, Pond resigned her seat last month and died Sunday. She would have been 83 in October.

Pond’s passion for serving constituents was strong to the end.

About six years ago, the Republican joined Democratic colleagues Phil GiaQuinta and Win Moses to promote a bill to restrict fireworks. On a mild January afternoon, they invited local media to Headwaters Park, where they set off fireworks before talking about the bill.

The point was to emphasize the noise and trash nuisance, but Pond seemed to be as excited as the kindergarten students she once taught as she watched GiaQuinta light firecrackers and bottle rockets. When she spoke, however, it was with seriousness and great empathy for constituents who had called and written to complain of current fireworks law – a true citizen-legislator in her long and distinguished service.

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