Olene S. Walker, politician, Died at 85

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Olene Walker was born on November 15, 1930, and died on November 28, 2015.

She was an American politician and Utah’s 15th Governor.

Olene was sworn into office on November 5, 2003, shortly before her 73rd birthday, as Utah’s first, and, to date, only female governor.

She was a member of the Republican Party.

Olene was born in Ogden, Utah in 1930 to Thomas Ole and Nina (née Hadley) Smith.

She received her bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees from Brigham Young University, Stanford University, and the University of Utah respectively.

Olene was married to Myron Walker; they had seven children and twenty-five grandchildren.

She was a Latter-day Saint (Mormon). She and her husband served as International Affairs missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in New York City.

As of the spring of 2010, Olene served as the Primary president in the Bloomington 7th Ward on the south side of St. George, Utah.

Olene Walker passed away of natural causes on November 28, 2015, aged 85.

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