LAWRENCE — Norma Lea Curry Shafer-Yancey, 84, peacefully passed away on May 4, 2013, surrounded by her four children at her home.
Born on Christmas Day in 1928, in Burlington, Wash., she was the daughter of Leslie and Glenda Curry. Norma Lea Curry and her family moved to Great Bend, before her second birthday. Shortly after her graduation from high school, In 1948 she married Ted Shafer. They had four children. Shafer’s position with a national retail company required the family to move frequently, including to such states as Texas, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, and Pennsylvania. Six years after Shafer’s passing in 1983, Norma married Harley Yancey in Bentonville, Ark. The couple lived in Bella Vista, Ark., until Yancey’s passing in 2002. Norma then moved to Lawrence to be closer to two of her children.
Survivors include her four children and their spouses, Melinda Huston and her husband, John, Lawrence; Kevin Shafer and his wife, Dori, Pleasant Hill, Calif.; Stu Shafer and his wife, Patti, Oskaloosa; and Karen Johnson and her husband, Don, Iowa City, Iowa; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and three siblings, Dean Curry, Robert Curry, and JoAnn Curry Crabb.
Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, at Great Bend Cemetery. Memorials are requested to Visiting Nurses/Hospice of Lawrence, in care of the funeral home.
Funeral arrangements provided by
Bryant Funeral Home*
1425 Patton Road
Great Bend, KS, 67530
Great Bend (Kan) Tribune, Aug. 8. 2013