OBITUARY ~ NORMA JEAN (BLAUER) PAXSON
February 24, 1937 ~ February 08, 2012
On February 24, 1937, Violet ALLEN BLAUER and Clarence Eldon BLAUER welcomed to this world a 10-pound baby girl they
named Norma Jean BLAUER. They lived at Tingley Iowa in Ringgold County.
Norma lived on a farm south of Tingley with her parents. In 1938, Shirley Mae BLAUER was born and now Norma had a little
sister. Her family moved to a farm in Diagonal, Iowa and Norma and Shirley attended Star Center School.
It was while they lived at Diagonal that her mother died after suffering from several strokes. Violet BLAUER was 49 years
old when she died. Norma was 14 years old and Shirley was 13. Violet Leota BLAUER was laid to rest in the Tingley
After her death Violet BLAUER'S husband, Clarence, and her children moved back to Tingley. Norma finished the 8th grade
in the Tingley School and attended high school in Tingley.
It was at the Banner's music festivities that Norma Jean BLAUER met David Leon PAXSON. They always had a lot of fun
whenever they were all together. One day driving home from a date somewhere, John PAXSON, Dave's brother, was driving
and Dave and Norma were in the truck with him. As they crossed the railroad tracks Dave took a box out of his pocket,
opened it, and put an engagement ring on Norma's finger. He never did ask her to marry him; he just put the ring on her
finger. He told her not to take off that ring and to wear it to school. They were married on April 16, 1955 by the
Justice of the Peace at the Grant City Courthouse at 4:45 PM.
Dave and Norma were married until they were separated in death on May 28, 2003. During their marriage they had 3 sons
and a daughter. Every year they would take a trip with their children. They would camp in Colorado. They stared camping
in a tent but eventually bought a fold-up Camper. They pulled that camper for many miles across the western part of the
Norma provided in home day-care to many children for 27 years while living in Des Moines. Norma Retired in 1993 after the
big flood in Des Moines. Dave and Norma soon moved to Kellerton, Iowa. Dave went to heaven on May 28, 2003. Norma lived
in the apartment for 7 months after he died. January 2004, Norma moved in with her son Eldon and his family. As she
improved, she eventually moved back into an apartment in Tingley. Norma eventually went to live at Clearview Nursing
Home. She needed more help than she could get in the assisted living part of the home.
Norma passed away at Clearview
Home on February 8, 2012.
Norma is survived by her children Eldon PAXSON and wife Lorna PAXSON, Wayne PAXSON, and wife Laurie PAXSON, Kenny PAXSON
and wife Wanda PAXSON, Lila CROSS and husband Gary CROSS; her sister Shirley MARTIN and husband Howard; 11 grandchildren
and 16 great-grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews and great nieces and great nephews.
She was preceded in death by a sister Margaret BLAUER; her mother Violet BLAUER and her father Clarence BLAUER; and her
husband of 48 years, David Leon PAXSON.
A memorial fund has been established to Clearview Home in Mount Ayr.
Services were conducted at Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr, Iowa on Saturday, February 11, 2012, with Rev.
Terry ROBERTS officiating. Musicians included Debbie CANNON and Rev. Terry ROBERTS.
Casket bearers included Todd PAXSON, John PAXSON, Luke PAXSON, Casey PAXSON, Kenney Joe PAXSON, Mike PAXSON, Dan PAXSON
and Josh CROSS.
Honorary pallbearers were Erik MASONER, Kole PAXSON, Seth PAXSON, Breydon PAXSON, Eldon C. PAXSON, Nate PAXSON, Ian
PAXSON and Eli PAXSON.
Norma was laid at rest in the Maple Row Cemetery in Kellerton.
Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home of Mount Ayr was in charge of arrangements.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, March of 2012
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