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 Norma Irene <I>Powers</I> Smith

Norma Irene Powers Smith

Birth
Urbana, Champaign County, Illinois, USA
Death 31 Oct 2012 (aged 88)
Biloxi, Harrison County, Mississippi, USA
Burial Biloxi, Harrison County, Mississippi, USA
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Death Notice Norma Irene Powers Smith
(1923 ~ October 31, 2012)

Biloxi, MS ~ Norma Smith, 88, of Biloxi died October 31, 2012. Visitation at Riemann Family Funeral Home, Biloxi, Sunday, November 4, 2012, 6 - 8 pm and Monday 10 am until the 10:45 am procession to the Graveside Service (11 am) at Biloxi National.
Published in The Sun Herald on November 2, 2012



Obituary of Norma Irene Powers Smith
(1923 ~ October 31, 2012)

Biloxi, MS ~ Norma Irene Powers Smith, age 88, of Biloxi, passed away on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 in Biloxi.

She was predeceased by her husband of 52 years, Major Richard S. Smith, USAF Ret.; a son, Richard S. Smith, Jr.; her parents, Olive and George Powers; a sister, Lucille Wilson; a grandson, Nathaniel T. Shaeffer, and a great-grandson, Carl R. Smith.

She is survived by four daughters: Nancy A. Smith (Chris Kennedy), High Point, N.C., Juanita S. Mullins (Eddie), Biloxi, Diane E. Shaeffer (Bob) Cordova, TN, and Kathleen J. Smith, Biloxi; a brother, George Richard Powers (Charlie Jo), Fort Worth, TX; four grandchildren: Richard J. Smith (Patty), Jennifer D. Mullins, Roland E. Mullins, III, and Amanda G. Shaeffer, and one great-grandchild, Alex Smith. She is also bereaved by her son's widow, Joena Smith Ivey, East Lansing, MI.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 4, 2012 at Riemann Family Funeral Home, Biloxi, and on Monday, November 5 from 10:00 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. The procession will then depart the funeral home for the Graveside Service, at 11:00 a.m. at Biloxi National Cemetery.

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.
Published in The Sun Herald on November 3, 2012


2nd Obituary of Norma Irene Powers Smith
(December 15, 1923 ~ October 31, 2012)

Biloxi, MS ~ Norma Smith, age 88, of Biloxi, passed away on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 in Biloxi.

Norma was born December 15, 1923, in Urbana, Illinois, to Olive and George H. Powers. She attended the University of Illinois until the outbreak of WWII and then worked at Chanute Air Field. At a church picnic, she met her future husband, Richard S. Smith. In 1944, they were married on her parent's 24th wedding anniversary, February 22nd.

In 1947, Norma sailed with an infant and toddler to meet Richard in Post-War Japan. Through their many assignments with the Army Air Corps and USAF, they met many wonderful friends, most of whom Norma outlived. The postal carrier was amazed at the hundreds of cards they sent out and received each Christmas.

She was secretary many years at their church, J.T. Leggett Memorial United Memorial Church, Biloxi. She also served in numerous other capacities: Sunday School teacher, President of the United Methodist Women, and as a member of Pastor Parish Relations, Administrative Board, Board of Trustees, Worship Committee, and Cradle Roll Monitor. She was State Treasurer for the United Methodist Women.

Norma had a sharp wit and an active mind and enjoyed her daily newspaper, watching sporting events, and helping others. As a former poll worker, was looking forward to voting for President. She was a charter member of the Bay Vista Garden Club and was active in the Officers' Wives Club.

Norma and Richard raised five children. She was active in PTA from 1950 until 1983.

She was predeceased by her husband of 52 years, Major Richard S. Smith, USAF Ret.; a son, Richard S. Smith, Jr.; her parents, Olive and George Powers; a sister, Lucille Wilson; a grandson, Nathaniel T. Shaeffer, and a great-grandson, Carl R. Smith.

She is survived by four daughters: Nancy A. Smith (Chris Kennedy) of High Point, N.C., Juanita S. Mullins (Eddie) of Biloxi, Diane E. Shaeffer (Bob) of Cordova, TN, and Kathleen J. Smith of Biloxi; a brother, George Richard Powers (Charlie Jo) of Fort Worth, TX; four grandchildren: Richard J. Smith (Patty), Jennifer D. Mullins, Roland E. Mullins, III, and Amanda G. Shaeffer, and one great-grandchild, Alex Smith. She is also bereaved by her son's widow, Joena Smith Ivey of East Lansing, MI.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 4, 2012 at Riemann Family Funeral Home, Biloxi, and on Monday, November 5 from 10:00 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. The procession will then depart the funeral home for the Graveside Service, at 11:00 a.m. at Biloxi National Cemetery.

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.
Published in The Sun Herald on November 4, 2012


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  • Created by: Bobbie Mabry Graue
  • Added: 2 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 100025698
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Norma Irene Powers Smith (15 Dec 1923–31 Oct 2012), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100025698, citing Biloxi National Cemetery, Biloxi, Harrison County, Mississippi, USA ; Maintained by Bobbie Mabry Graue (contributor 46971027) .