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Former Pigeon Township Administrator Mary Hart is remembered for her community service

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Mary Hart, who spent 38 years working in the Pigeon Township Trustee’s office – including in the elected role of Trustee from 1995 to 2018 – died Friday. She was 64 years old.

In local and state circles, Hart was known to be familiar with township government, said Kathryn Martin, the Knight Township administrator. Hart has been active in the Indiana Township Association and its president for eight years.

Pigeon Township contains some of Evansville’s poorest neighborhoods, and Martin said Hart is committed to helping them.

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“She was a public servant down to her heart,” Martin said. “She has spent all these years climbing the ranks of a clerk at the age of 21 and living her life serving the people of Pigeon Township.”

Hart was re-elected several times without difficulty before losing a Democratic primary in 2018 to current Pigeon Township administrator Mariama Wilson.

Wilson said on Facebook that his office will be hosting “Pigeon Township Appreciation Day for Mary Hart” at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. The office is at 907 SE Eighth St.

Hart was part of the Evansville Board of Directors Community Action Program, a local domestic violence task force, and many other boards.

Martin described Hart as a mentor who influenced his own decision to run for Knight Township trustee in 2010.

“Honestly, I don’t know what we would have done if we hadn’t had Mary,” Martin said. “She knew everything. She was the guardian of the townships. She was always active and someone you could call.”

Hart’s services are managed by Alexander North Chapel.