Norma Jean Smith, age 90, of Mt. Sterling, Illinois passed away at 4:53 a.m. Saturday, August 3, 2019 at Heritage Health, Therapy and Senior Care in Mt. Sterling.
She was born November 1, 1928 in Brown County, Illinois the daughter of Jesse, Sr. and Elva Mae Carpenter Smith. She married Dale Harold Smith on January 10, 1946 in Mt. Sterling, Illinois and he preceded her in death on December 8, 2012.
Norma was a homemaker and had worked as a school bus driver for several years. She also served as a certified nurse’s aide for St. Mary’s Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
She attended Brown County schools.
Norma was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Mt. Sterling. She always enjoyed cooking and sewing, but her greatest joy was the time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Survivors include 4 children Terry Smith (Carol) of Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, Ronald Smith (Ivanka) of Poulsbo, Washington, John Smith of Antioch, Illinois and Cathleen Koch (Jerry) of Mt. Sterling, Illinois. 10 grandchildren Shelly Thiessen (Gary), Terry Dale Smith, Lisa Harper (Jim), Sarah Smith (Jenny), Monica Heffernan (Ryan), Michelle Cohen (Jason), Karla Paris (Darin), Elizabeth Ormond (Chris), Tracy Mountain (Kyle) and Tyler Koch (Dawn). 23 great grandchildren Alec, Austin and Madelyn Thiessen, Christian, Logan and Madison Huddleston, Mason and Lauryn Smith, Aaron Lemieux (Courtney), Amber, Alissa and Emma Lemieux, Thomas and Phillip Harper, Brooklin Paris, McKenna and Carter Ormond, Kya and Jersey Mountain, Jaycee Koch and Aiden, Charlie and Eleanor Heffernan. 2 great great grandchildren Nora and Violet Lemieux. 1 sister Ruth Nolan of Schaumburg, Illinois. 1 brother Tony Smith (Judy) of Camdenton, Missouri also survives along with several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, 5 brothers Lyle, Ray, Jessie, Jr., Glen and Oliver Smith and 2 sisters Mary Parker and Shirley Behymer.
A funeral mass will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, August 10, 2019 at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Mt. Sterling with Father Steve Thompson and Deacon Mike Ellerman officiating.
Burial will be in the Mt. Sterling Catholic Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Hendricker Funeral Home in Mt. Sterling.
Memorials are suggested to the Heritage Health, Therapy and Senior Care Activity Fund or Brown County Against Cancer.
Condolences for the family may be left on line at www.hendrickerfuneralhome.com.
The Hendricker Funeral Home in Mt. Sterling is in charge of the arrangements.
Heritage Health, Therapy and Senior Care Activity Fund
Brown County Against Cancer
P.O. Box 68, Mount Sterling IL 62353