Wendy Noren, who developed a national reputation as an elections expert during her 35 years as Boone County clerk, has lost her battle with cancer. Noren, 63, died Sunday.
Noren was the county clerk from 1982 until she resigned in June, citing her declining health. She worked briefly as a consultant for her successor, Taylor Burks.
Noren began working in the clerk's office in 1978 when her predecessor, Chris Kelly, hired her. She won re-election eight times and was challenged only once, in 1998.