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Nicholson, Norma Jean

Nicholson, Norma Jean

September 16, 1926 — April 10, 2020

Norma Jean Nicholson, 93, of Raytown, Missouri peacefully left this life to be with the Lord on April 10, 2020. Norma Jean was born September 16, 1926 in Carbon Center (a small coal mining community) near Rich Hill, Missouri to Orval and Hazel (Jamett) Smith. Following her graduation from Rich Hill High School in 1944, she moved to Kansas City where she worked for Commerce Trust Bank. On February 15, 1947 Norma married Robert (Bob) Nicholson, son of Leonard and Edith Nicholson of Kansas City. They had three children: Robert, Catherine and Doran. Norma was a stay-at-home mother while Bob was an over the road truck driver. When her children were older, she enjoyed her part time job as a banquet waitress and always had stories to tell from work. In 1963, she and Bob were installed as Worthy Matron, and Worthy Patron of the Adella Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star. She was a member of Spring Valley Baptist Church, and she loved collecting antique dolls. Norma and Bob enjoyed traveling in their RV where they visited every state at least once. Following Bob’s retirement they considered themselves “Winter Texans” until his death in 2004. During their stays in Donna TX, they made many lasting friendships.

Norma Jean was preceded in death by her parents, husband Robert Nicholson and granddaughter Elizabeth Marie Nicholson. She is survived by son Robert O. Nicholson (Cecilia) of Bates City MO, daughter Cathie Kellerman (Kelvin) of Lone Jack MO, and son Doran Nicholson (Karen) of Lee’s Summit MO; four grandchildren, Brandon Nicholson (Charyl), Jaime Owen (Jeff), Matthew Nicholson(Kelli) and Anna McWhirt (Jeff); seven great-grandchildren, Olivia, Aubrey, Elin, Kinley, Levi, Lyla and Madeline.

Norma loved all of her family and was so proud of each of them. She loved family gatherings and talking with her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed telling stories and making people laugh. Norma lived a full and blessed life. Her loved ones will cherish the memories, lessons and laughs they shared with this incredible woman. Norma will be deeply missed.

Service Information

Private services with burial in Green Lawn Cemetery, Kansas City, MO.

Nicholson, Norma Jean's Guestbook

My deepest sympathy to Norma’s family. Memories of growing up next door will be cherished forever. Among my memories are Norma driving the Pontiac to take Cathie and me in our jammies to Mugs Up Root Beer stand on summer evenings. What a treat that was. There are so many memories. Rest In Peace, Norma. Love you!

Patti Wynn

Doran this Duane Cordell, one of your classmates from Raytown South. I wanted my deepest sympathy to your family during this time.

Duane Cordell

Jaime and Cathie, I am so sorry for your loss. I have memories of your mom/grandma and how kind she was. What a lucky woman to have the life she lived and the family she loved. Prayers for peace for both of you and all of your extended family.

Andrea Martin

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