Ella May Norman, 91, of Moran passed away Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at her home.
She was born December 1, 1926 to John Orval and Ellen Gertrude (Graham) Whitson on the family farm near Farlinville, a small town north of Mound City, Kansas. She attended a country grade school where she completed the 8th grade. Her family then moved to Mound City, where she attended high school, graduating in 1944.
After graduation, she moved to Fort Scott and worked for the Key overall factory. While there she met Marvin Norman. They married June 29, 1946. They lived on a farm near Bronson, Kansas for two years before buying a farm near Moran, where they raised their family of eight children. They moved into Moran in 1968, where she lived the rest of her life. Marvin preceded her in death in 2001.
She babysat her grandchildren and others. She loved to spend time with family and friends, she enjoyed cooking, sewing, gardening, flowers, and her dog, Baby Girl.
Ella May is survived by her eight children; Susie Jackman of Iola, Tommie Norman and wife, Peg, of Moran, Melvin "Butch" Norman and wife, Melva Jo, of Bronson, Lutretia "Pat" Dudley and husband, Richard, of Moran, Connie Jackman and husband, Henry, of Moran, Beverly Covey of Elsmore, Alice Adams of Moran, and Carol Ericson and husband, David, of Richmond, Kansas; twenty-three grandchildren, sixty great grandchildren, eleven great great grandchildren, sister, Orie Ellen Whitson of Mound City, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins, and Connie Houk, who was considered another daughter.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin, her parents, brother, Wesley Whitson, grandchildren, Greg Jackman, Betty Darling, Christopher Norman, great grandchildren, Colton Jones, Dustin and Denton Booth, daughter in law, Linda Norman, sons in law, Billy Johnson and Gary Covey.
The service will be 2:00 p.m., Saturday, December 9, 2017 at Midpoint Baptist Church in Moran. Visitation will be Friday the 8th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., at Feuerborn Family Funeral Service in Moran. Burial will take place in Moran Cemetery following the service. Contributions in her memory are suggested to the Moran American Legion Auxiliary. Notes for the family can be left at www.feuerbornfuneral.com.