Irma Joyce I.J. Dartt, 87, of New Harmony, Indiana, born June 27, 1925 to Bob and Ruth (Cato) Dartt in New Harmony, Indiana, passed away Thursday, October 18, 2012, at Deaconess Hospice Center in Evansville, Indiana.

She lived most of her childhood with her grandparents, Thomas and Laura Cato. Later in life, she took care of them in her New Harmony home until their deaths.

I.J. was a 1943 graduate of New Harmony High School and began working for Fritz Long in his law firm and insurance agency at the age of 17. In 1953 and 1958, she completed the United States Fidelity and Guaranty Company School for insurance executives in Baltimore, Md. When Fritz Long died in 1959, she took over the insurance business, which became I.J. Dartt Insurance Agency. She continued to work full time until her health began to decline in 2002.

I.J. was a storyteller with an engaging personality and deep interest in people. She was a historian and authority on the genealogy of many families in New Harmony and the surrounding area. She was a member of the New Harmony Ladies Auxiliary for more than 50 years.

I.J. loved animals. Over the years, she took in many strays and generously donated her time and resources to their care.

She is survived by her beloved cat: Inky; friend and caretaker: Donald Neaveill; step-mother: Ruth Dartt; nephew: Scott Price; cousin: Alfred Dartt (Flo) and great nieces.

She was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents, and sister: Marilyn Price.

In keeping with her wishes, no visitation or services will be held. Burial will be at the Enfield Cemetery in Enfield, Illinois.

Irma Joyce "I.J." Dartt