|Birth: ||May 12, 1946|
|Death: ||Jan. 24, 2012|
Norma Jean (Meyer) Highsmith, 65, of Shipman, Illinois, died Tuesday, January 24th, 2012, at the Relais Bonne Eau Community Hospice Home in Edwardsville, Illinois after a valiant battle with cancer.
She was born on May 12, 1946, in Centralia, Illinois and was the daughter of Louis Otto and Ena Rae (Buss) Meyer both of Centralia.
Norma studied music and education and met her sweetheart, Earl Dean Highsmith, in college. They were married on June 11, 1967, at Zion Hill Baptist Church in Centralia. They eventually settled in Shipman, Illinois
and became career teachers. They had three children: two boys and a girl.
Norma was a wonderful mother and an excellent teacher. She taught in the Southwestern School District in Piasa, Illinois, for 35 years (first as a music
teacher and, later, as an English/Language Arts teacher). Earl taught math.
Norma and Earl shared many ministries in their home church. Norma sang in the choir and Earl played the organ. Norma also participated, as well as taught, in various Bible studies across the years... ministering in nursing homes and being an advocate for the Baptist Children's Home.
Norma found a calling in quilting. She loved beautiful fabrics and good ways to piece them together. She was an avid quilter and made many quilts for loved ones and for charitable causes.
Norma was a wonderful Grandmother/Nana and she loved the little ones in her family. She often made them cookies, brought them yardsale finds, and books. She loved her family, prayed for them, visited frequently, and taught them many things (including how to make their own cookies). She had a fine sense of humor and often laughed. She also enjoyed watching the Cardinals,
especially when they won the 2011 World Series.
Norma bravely endured cancer. She trusted her Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ, to give her strength and to guide her way. She has gone home and her earthly influence and care will be greatly missed by many.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Mary Lou (Meyer) Prewett.
Survivors included her husband, Earl, of Shipman, Illinois; her daughter: Charlotte (Highsmith) Marsch and husband David of Bolivar, Missouri; two sons and daughter-in-laws: Clark and wife, Susan (Black) Highsmith, of Midlothian, Texas, and Kent and wife, Jennelle (Martin) Highsmith, of Bethalto, Illinois; five grandchildren: Benjamin Highsmith, Rachel Marsch, Gloria Marsch, Joslyn Highsmith, and Gabriel "Gabe" Highsmith; two nieces: Rachel Morris and Katlyn Morris; and two nephews: Patrick Morris and Nicholas Recker.
Memorials may be made to the Library (Media Center) of Calvary Baptist Church, 1422 Washington Avenue, Alton IL 62002; the Baptist Children's Home and Family Services, 949 County Road 1300 North, Carmi IL 62821; or the Relais Bonne Eau Community Hospice Home, Hospice of Southern Illinois Inc., 305 South Illinois Street, Belleville IL 62220.
Visitation was from 3 to 7 p.m. on Friday, January 27th, 2012, at Targhetta and Wooldridge Funeral Home in Brighton, Illinois, and included an Eastern Star service at 7 p.m.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 28th, 2012, at Calvary Baptist Church in Alton, Illinois.
Burial was at 11 a.m. on Monday, January 30th, 2012, at the Zion Hill Baptist Church Cemetery in Centralia, Illinois.
Louis Otto Meyer (1897 - 1985)
Ena Rae Buss Meyer (1906 - 1986)
Mary Lou Meyer Prewett (1936 - 2008)*
Norma Jean Meyer Highsmith (1946 - 2012)
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Record added: Jan 27, 2012
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