|Birth: ||Feb. 1, 1928|
|Death: ||Nov. 19, 2011|
Norma Normaleen Jennings Adams, 83, of Johnson City, passed from this life to her reward on Nov. 19. Normaleen was born Feb. 1, 1928, in Henly, TX to Lewis and Pauline Jennings. She graduated high school in Johnson City, remained a member of the Dripping Springs Baptist Church, and spent most all of her life in Central Texas. She married her high school sweetheart, Vahn Adams, on April 21, 1946 at the family home in Dripping Springs.
She is survived by her husband, Vahn Adams of Johnson City; children Yvonne Schick and husband Ken of Spicewood, Cathy Pryor and husband Al of Marble Falls, Dave Adams and wife Pauline of Flower Mound, and Denise Adams of Johnson City; grandchildren Bonnie and Matthew Walker, Holly and Michael Gardner, Kyle Mills and Jeremy Kriska, Wesley and Jessica Pryor, Haylee Pryor, Rebecca Mahar, Tami Mahar, Jo Dee and Patrick Foreman, Jonathan Adams; great grandchildren Madeline Walker, Maverick Walker, Hudson Gardner, Cullen Gardner, Abby Kriska, Tori Mary Ann Mahar, Jakub Emerson, Olivia Foreman, Ava Foreman, Merrick Pryor, Macy Pryor; brothers Ross Shelton Jennings and Lewis Benjamin Jennings, Jr; her aunt Leona Calhoun of Blanco, and a very large family of much-loved cousins, nieces and nephews.
After early homes in Johnson City and San Marcos, Normaleen and Vahn settled in San Antonio to raise their family. When they retired they made Dripping Springs their home base for many years and then moved back to Johnson City.
While most of her working years were devoted to home and family, after the oldest kids were gone, she greatly enjoyed working at the Harlandale School District library and later, an insurance office. In any group, she always took a leadership role; President of the PTA, chairman of the school room mothers, bowling league secretary. She still carried her membership card in the National PTA.
Normaleen's driving passion was the family she and Vahn created. She loved unconditionally and made sure that the family stayed connected. None of us could make a mistake that she could not overlook. It wasn't even forgiveness for that would imply she saw a wrongdoing. She just overlooked our faults and flaws. Probably the only family crime in her book was to fail to do the same with each other. Even when her health began to limit her, she never missed a family member's special event or occasion if at all possible. It saddened her when her immobility meant she could not attend every athletic event, performance, or birthday party because the achievements of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren filled her with pride.
After family, Normaleen took great pleasure in their extensive travels with best friends Mary and Mac McCoy (both now deceased) and thousands of games of cards. Many of these trips were to attend reunions of the crew of the USS Metcalf where Vahn had served during WWII. These reunions renewed friendships and generated lots of good times. As always, Normaleen was in charge of organizing many of these events.
She was an avid birder, a member of the Audubon Society, and enjoyed the bird sanctuary they created at their home. Never bored, she could always occupy herself cheering the UT Longhorns or Dallas Cowboys; following the Longhorns in any and every athletic event. Between games there was crochet and crossword puzzles.
The family wants to give special thanks to the 3rd floor staff at St. David's So Austin Hospital, also Dr. Mark Dawson who managed her health care for many years.
Visitation will be Tues, Nov. 22nd, 5:00-7:00 at Croft's Funeral Home in Johnson City. Funeral services will be Wed, Nov 23rd, 11:00, at First Baptist Church, Dripping Springs. Burial will follow at the Masonic Cemetery in Johnson City.
Pallbearers will be the grandsons: Jonathan Adams, Patrick Foreman, Matthew Walker, Michael Gardner, Kyle Mills, Jeremy Kriska, Wesley Pryor. Junior pallbearers are the great grandsons: Jakub Emerson, Maverick Walker, Hudson Gardner, Cullen Gardner, and Merrick Pryor.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Arthritis Foundation or the Lupus Foundation of America.
Crofts Funeral Home
Lewis B. Jennings (1904 - 1983)
M. Pauline Jennings (1905 - 2001)
Ross Shelton Jennings (1924 - 2015)*
Norma Normaleen Jennings Adams (1928 - 2011)
Johnson City Masonic Cemetery
Created by: GCA
Record added: Nov 22, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 80823116