Former Whitman County Commissioner Nora Mae Keifer-Olfs died Thursday, Feb. 23, 2023, at the age of 89 in Spokane at Faith Adult Family Home after a brief illness.

The youngest of seven children, she was born Nora Mae Butterfield to Ben and Bessie Butterfield in LaCrosse on Aug. 28, 1933.

After spending some of her growing-up years in LaCrosse and Newport, Wash., her family moved to Pullman when Nora Mae was in the third grade. She grew up to attend Pullman High School, where she began to show the interest and involvement in the selfless acts of community service for which she was most well known. Nora Mae became the first female student body president of PHS, participated in Girls Federation and was a recipient of the M. Joy Bell award for her active involvement in school activities — and she did it all while working part time for Miller’s Variety Store.