Obituaries

March 1, 1982

MUNCIE, Ind. -- Zoe Swhier Wyatt, the first woman elected prosecuting attorney in Indiana and a one-time gubernatorial candidate, has died at the age of 102.

Mrs. Wyatt died Friday at Westminster Village, a Muncie retirement home, and will be buried Tuesday at her home town of Redkey.

She attended a rural Jay County grade school made of bricks hand-fashioned by her father and later taught in the same school. She eventually used the building as her law office.

Before World War I, she worked as a law clerk in the Navy Department in Washington to help pay her way through law school. She graduated from the National University of Law in Washington.

Mrs. Wyatt was elected prosecutor of Jay County for two terms beginning in 1933.

A member of the Women's Christian Temperance Union, she ran for governor on the old Prohibition Party ticket in the 1940s.

She maintained law offices in Redkey and Washington, but lived at Redkey most of her life.

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