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Estella Lee Norman

Estella “Stella” Lee (Smith) Norman, 102, of Ruma, Illinois, was born January 15, 1909 in Rector, Arkansas. She died on Thursday, May 19, 2011, at Red Bud Nursing Home, Red Bud, Illinois.

Stella was a member of Calvary General Baptist Church, East Carondelet, Illinois. Her passion and focus in life was taking care of her husband, Everett, and all of her children. She made sure that all of them were very well taken care of and always had food on the table. Stella was an excellent seamstress and often sewed for other people, but mainly for herself and all of her children growing up. She belonged to Mt. Pisgah Ladies’ Aid in Cabool, Missouri, and to Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church, Cabool. She loved to sing and play the piano and had participated in several quartets. She was a wonderful homemaker and will be sadly missed by all of her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Everett Norman, to whom she was married on January 16, 1927 in Rector, Arkansas; her three sons, Larry Lee, Donald and Buster Norman; three grandchildren, Cynthia Clement, Brian Argus and Sarah Jones; her parents, John Henry and Pearl Elizabeth (Maye) Smith; her brother and sisters, Herbert Smith, Vernie Smith, Myrtle Bucy, Gladys Gowan, Cleetus Bardsley, George Smith and Dwight Smith; a son-in-law, Joseph Taylor; and a daughter-in-law, Geraldine Norman.

Surviving are her seven loving children, Ladell and Helen Norman, Mildred Taylor, Joan and Dave Buehler, Patricia and Emmett Argus, Ella and Herbert Griffin, Sharon and Charles Hooker and Terry Norman; 27 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; and 24 great-great-grandchildren.

Per the request of the family, in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Calvary General Baptist Church, 40 Godin Avenue, East Carondelet, Illinois 62240.

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Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, May 23, 2011, at Lake View Funeral Home with Rev. Gale Lambert officiating. Interment was in Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, Illinois.

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