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Norma Jean "Jean" Rowe Osika
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Birth: Mar. 28, 1925
Commerce
Hunt County
Texas, USA
Death: Sep. 22, 2012, USA

Born on March 28, 1925, in Commerce, Texas, Norma Jean "Jean" Osika began her journey through life, the eldest of 5 children born to Eliza and Perry Rowe. Her life was rich, interesting, unusual, sad at times, but almost never boring. After school she moved to Dallas, where she met her first husband, James Healy. After a suitable courtship, she moved to Ankara, Turkey, where they were married. After living in Europe for a couple of years, they returned to the U.S., where her 2 daughters, Brenda and Cheryl, were born. They then lived in a couple more states, and then the family was off to Tokyo, Japan, where her son Jim was born. After a few years in Japan, it was back to the states, criss-crossing the country a couple of times before settling in Utah. Her husband James preceded her in death in 1978. Not too long after that, she met the second love of her life, LaMar Osika. They married in 1983 and, together, they took the world by storm, traveling to Russia, Scandinavia, England, Germany, Panama, Canada, Mexico and a few places I'm sure I've forgotten. They belonged to several organizations that they traveled with, and belonged to a couple of dance clubs, so they were always going somewhere and doing something. For a few years, mom was active in Assistance League, and she enjoyed the friendships she made there. And let's not forget bridge Mummy played bridge for about 50 years (I think it's a prerequisite if you're a military wife). She tried several times to teach us bridge, but none of us were ever able to grasp it. Mom never quite lost her Texas accent and her sense of humor, telling stories of long ago days in the hot Texas sun, in the middle of the cotton fields. Her early life wasn't easy, but she looked back on it with fondness. Getting together with her family in Texas was always an experience, with Lynn and Morris playing the fiddle and banjo, someone else playing honky tonk piano, and everyone singing along. Mummy aged gracefully and effortlessly, until a series of small strokes left her with vascular dementia. Even with her dementia, she was still funny, kind, gracious and loving. She adored her beloved dogs, Clancy and Amy, and her sweet cats Jake, Noah and "the kitten", who are grieving her loss with me.

She was preceded in death by her parents and four siblings, first husband Jim, second husband LaMar, beloved daughter Brenda, and several adored pets. She is survived by daughter Cheryl, son Jim, and grandsons Clayton Leatham and Troy Leatham.

Graveside services will be held Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 10:00, at Mount Olivet Cemetery, 1342 East 500 South, SLC, Ut. Please consider making a donation to the Humane Society of Utah in Mummy's name or adopt a shelter pet and save a life. You were loved more than you'll ever know, Mummy. I miss you.
 
 
Burial:
Mount Olivet Cemetery
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Utah, USA
 
Created by: Stacey Day
Record added: Oct 10, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 98649656
Norma Jean Jean <i>Rowe</i> Osika
Added by: Stacey Day
 
Norma Jean Jean <i>Rowe</i> Osika
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