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First female councilmember dies

The first woman elected to the Harrison County Council, Norma Jean Smith, died Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015, in Corydon. She was 84.
Smith, a Republican, was elected to an at-large seat in 1980. There were only two Republicans on the Primary ballot, advancing both Smith, of Corydon, and Warren Haub, of Palmyra, to the General Election.
In November, Smith, who was new to politics and active in the Harrison County Right to Life organization, finished third in the five-person race, receiving 5,542 votes. Also elected were 22-year incumbent Peter J. Schickel of Lanesville (5,865 votes) and 10-year incumbent Edmund Green of Elizabeth (5,864 votes).
Smith served one term on the county council. In 1984, she ran unsuccessfully for county circuit court clerk in the General Election.
Her employment was as a secretary for the IRS in New Albany. Smith was a member of the VFW Post 2950 Ladies Auxiliary in Corydon, a past president of the American Legion and a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Corydon.
Smith’s funeral was Sunday at Gehlbach & Royse Funeral Home in Corydon with burial in the nearby St. Joseph Cemetery.