PITTSBURG — Norma Faith Wilson, 89, passed away Thursday, July 21, 2016 in Lawrence.
Norma was born July 18, 1927 in Chetopa, the daughter of Thomas and Jessie Evans. Shed resided in Pittsburg for the past 25 years with her beloved husband of over 68 years, William F. Wilson.
Norma graduated from Pittsburg High School and Kansas State Teachers College (now Pittsburg State University). She was a devout Christian and member of First Baptist Church of Pittsburg, a cherished and nurturing parent, and an inspirational teacher to hundreds of students over her long career as a public school teacher in Kansas. She taught English in Scott City, Atchison and Ellinwood, and established the elementary school library in Troy.
In addition, she belonged to the Pittsburg Study Club, the Pittsburg Lions Club, the Southeast Kansas Retired Teachers Association, and SEK Humane Society. Throughout her life, she enjoyed reading, writing stories and poetry, and spending time with family. She travelled, golfed, and volunteered with her husband.
Norma blessed everyone she met with her genuine grace and sincere concern for their well being. As a wife, mother, and lifetime mentor, she will be sorely missed by all who loved her.
She is survived by her husband Bill, four children — William F. Wilson, Jr. and wife Susan, Topeka; Walter Thomas Wilson and wife Virginia, Baldwin City; Rebecca Ann Maglaughlin and husband Ronald, Haysville; Kristin Elizabeth Wilson, Gardner; nine grandchildren — Tayler Thiel and husband Don, Andover; Sara Maglaughlin-Frieman and husband James, Wichita; Benjamin Maglaughlin and wife Carmen, Indianapolis, Ind.; Veronica Thomas, Wynne, Ark.; Jennifer Toland and husband Richard, Camp H.M. Smith, Aiea, Hawaii; Jeffrey Wilson and wife Cassandra, Fort Worth, Texas; John Wilson and wife Jami Jones, Lawrence; Evan Wilson, Lawrence; Amelia Wilson, Baldwin City, and 14 great-grandchildren.
Norma was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Mary Jane Crisman, Bradford, Penn.; and Virginia Smith, Liberal, Mo.
A service for Norma is scheduled at 10 a.m., Tuesday at the Brenner Mortuary with Pastor Rick Bartlett officiating. Burial will follow in the Garden of Memories Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Brenner Mortuary. The family suggests memorials to the First Baptist Church and/or Southeast Kansas Humane Society. These may be left at or mailed to the Brenner Mortuary, 114 East 4th St., Pittsburg, KS 66762.
Friends may also leave condolences online at www.brennermortuary.com. Arrangements are under the direction of the Brenner Mortuary, Pittsburg.
Funeral arrangements provided by
Brenner Mortuary **
114 East 4th St.
Pittsburg, KS, 66762
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune. July 24, 2016