- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 1, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Funeral services for Utah’s first and only female governor will be held Friday.

Olene Smith Walker died Saturday in Salt Lake City from natural causes. She was 85.

A public viewing will be held Thursday at the state Capitol A viewing for family and close friends will be held Friday, followed by the funeral.

Considered one of the highest profile women in Utah politics, the Republican served as lieutenant governor for 11 years. She was elevated to governor when Gov. Mike Leavitt left in 2003 to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Walker attempted re-election but finished fourth in a contest for the GOP nomination at the party’s convention in May 2004.



Walker is survived by her husband, Myron, seven children, 25 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.

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