(July 29, 1929-June 26, 2011)
Born in Nashville, Tennessee
Birth name was Norma Duffield Stong
Niece of Phil Stong, author of the novel 'State Fair,' which inspired the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical
Dairy farmer and sculptor
Official butter cow sculptor of the Iowa State Fair (1960-2006)
In addition to cows, made butter sculptures of Elvis Presley, John Wayne, Garth Brooks, Tiger Woods, Grant Wood's 'American Gothic' and the Last Supper
Why she might be annoying
She had to work in a refrigerated room to create her sculptures.
A temperature fluctuation at the fair's agriculture building caused the belly of one of her cows to fall off (2000).
She would use the same butter for several years worth of sculptures.
She originally wanted to sculpt Elvis in white tallow, but the beef officials at the fair refused to cooperate.
Why she might not be annoying
While studying animal husbandry at Iowa State, she won a campus snow sculpture contest, prompting her to take classes in sculpting.
She was married to Joe Lyon for 60 years until her death.
Commentators compared the lines to see her butter sculptures at state fairs to viewings of the Pieta at the Vatican or the crown jewels in London.
She was so famous in Iowa that Barack Obama sought her endorsement; Politico credited her radio ad with helping him win the state caucus (2008).
Credit: C. Fishel
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Year In Review:
In 2016, Out of 2 Votes: 100% Annoying
In 2015, Out of 10 Votes: 70.0% Annoying
In 2014, Out of 12 Votes: 41.67% Annoying
In 2013, Out of 12 Votes: 58.33% Annoying
In 2012, Out of 7 Votes: 57.14% Annoying
In 2011, Out of 13 Votes: 38.46% Annoying
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