(1903 – 1988)
Nonnie Wood Heron was born on March 22, 1903, in Randolph County. After receiving her teaching certificate from Montevallo College, she continued her education at Auburn University, earning a B.S. degree. Later Nonnie received her M.S. degree from Teachers College of Columbia University.
During the 1920s, Nonnie worked for Alabama Extension Service as Home Demonstration Agent in Tallapoosa County for two years. Her outgoing personality and a good sense of humor were infectious, especially when working with young people. Nonnie’s interest in promoting home economics was best displayed at 4-H camps, where she could work with future homemakers. She has been credited with inspiring more than one person to become an Extension agent. Her dedication to home economics resulted in the success of the many programs she conducted.
Her keen leadership ability helped Nonnie Wood as she served the people of Alabama in many capacities. After leaving the Extension Service, she worked as Head Home Economist for the Farmer’s Home Administration. Her outstanding career was capped by over twenty years as Assistant Dietician at Troy State University. During those years, she was also active in the Presbyterian Church.
In recognition of the years of devoted service to the people of Alabama, the name Nonnie Wood Heron is inscribed on the dedicatory plaque of the Extension Memorial Chapel.
Chapel Plaque Inscription Number: 21