Longtime Hancock Co. coroner Norma Stiglet dies

Norma Stiglet in 2011.
Norma Stiglet in 2011.

HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - The woman who served as coroner of Hancock County for more than two decades has died. Norma Stiglet was 79.

Stiglet served as coroner for 21 years until 2011, when she decided not to run for reelection. It's a job she took over from her husband, Harold, after he died in 1990. He served in the position for six years.

When Stiglet retired, she reflected on her career in an interview with WLOX News. She said despite having a difficult job, she never met a stranger.

"As a coroner, that title, there's only one reason I'm coming to your house and that's the sad part. You can be there morally for them and hug them and that's it, but you can't reverse it," Stiglet said in 2011. "If they were a stranger when I went to them, by the time we left, we've know each other all our life. That's the way they make me feel. Treat them like you want to be treated and they come first."

Funeral arrangements are still being made at this time.

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