Osceola, Clarke County, Iowa
Thursday, May 28, 2009
OBITUARY - NORMA (LATHAM) SWEET
Norma SWEET, 82, of Arispe, died on Sunday, May 24, 2009, at the Greater Regional Hospice Home in Creston.
Services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 28, 2009, at the United Methodist Church in Arispe. Pastor Jerry HOFF will
officiate. Burial will be at the Greenlawn Cemetery near Afton. Open visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday with
family receiving friends from 6-8 p.m. at the Powers Funeral Home at the junctions of highways 25 & 34 Creston.
Memorials may be made to the Arispe United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be given under the obituary category
Norma Jean SWEET, daughter of John W. and Cleone R. (LONG) LATHAM, was born Oct. 3, 1926, near Arispe. She graduate from
Arispe High School in 1944. On Oct. 3, 1944, she married Francis E. SWEET in Shannon City. They lived all their married
life in the Afton, Ellston and Arispe communities. They retired from farming in 1987, moving into Arispe.
Norma was a member of the Arispe United Methodist Church, serving every office and on the Board of Trustees, and with the
Quilters. She organized church suppers and dinners for 32 years, within the church and community. She assisted on the
Union County Fair Board, and on the Arispe Development Committee, and was a very active volunteer at the Afton Care
Center. Norma was named Mother of the Year in 1979.
Survivors include her two sons, Dennis (wife Pauline) SWEET of Shannon City and Jack SWEET of Afton; a daughter, Sandra
(husband Ed) FRY of Arispe; two grandsons, Michael (wife Ellie) FRY of Arispe, and Curtis (wife Lisa) FRY of Afton; four
great-grandchildren, Kennady, Kamren, Steven, and Trevor FRY; two brothers, John (wife Dorie) LATHAM of Creston, and Earl
LATHAM of Murray; and a sister, Joyce (husband Dick) ROSS of Shannon City.
Norma was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Francis in 1995, and a sister-in-law, Joyce.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, July of 2009
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