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Mayor Latting to Lay in Repose Thursday

Filed by Michael Cross in Local News, News.
January 2, 2013

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Oklahoma City officials are asking people to come to city hall on Thursday to pay respects to former Mayor Patience Latting.

The nation’s first female mayor of a large metropolitan city will be laying in repose from one to five in the afternoon.

Patience Latting who died Saturday at the age of 94 served three terms as mayor of Oklahoma City from 1971 to 1983.

Current Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett says he got to know her as a college student during an interview, but also later when he took office.

“She may have stopped being the mayor in 1983, but I don’t think she ever stopped thinking like a mayor. She was very impressive and pleasant to be around and a role model for all of us and those that have never met her have really missed out.”

Born Patience Sewell in Texhoma, Oklahoma in 1918, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from OU and received her Master’s in Economics and Statistics from Columbia University.

The new Northwest Oklahoma City Library is named in her honor.


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