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Norma Dene Thomas, age 90, of Centervilledeparted for her heavenly home February 10, 2018 from Mill Pond Retirement Community and Care Center in Ankeny, IA. Norma Dene was born on the family farm in Exline, IA on August 1, 1927, she is the daughter of Verland Marvel (Withrow) Perkins.
She married Steve E. Thomas, Jr. on November 28, 1947 and settled into her role as a homemaker. Norma Dene and Steve had two daughters together, but they later divorced and he preceded her in death on November 9, 2000.
The family members left to cherish their memories of Norma Dene include her two daughters, Gail Lockridge (David) of Russell, IA and Sue Davis of Kissimmee, FL; two granddaughters, Erin Johnson (Wesley) of Ames, IA and Amy Swigart (Chris) of State Center, IA; five great grandchildren, Abigail, Lucille,and Kenneth Johnson and Joe and Mya Swigart; one sister, Donna Lee Bailey (Wendell) of Lincoln, NE; and three nephews Butch (Becky) Morrow of Centerville, Tim (Cynthe) Bailey of Lincoln, NE, and Scott Bailey of Lincoln, NE. She is proceeded in death by her parents Verl and Marvel Perkins; her sister, Mary Lou Morrow and her nephew, David Morrow.
Memorial services will be held at 2:00pm on Friday, February 16, 2018 at the Lange Funeral Home in Centerville, IA with Pastor Kay Singley officiating. Interment will follow at the Zoar Cemetery in Exline. A visitation will also be held at the Lange Funeral Home on Thursday, February 15, 2018 with the family present from 5 to 7pm. Memorials have been established to either the Zoar Cemetery Association or the Alzheimer's Association in Norma Dene's honor. Memorials may be left at or mailed to the Lange Funeral Home, 1900 S. 18th Street, Centerville, IA 52544 or online at www.alz.org (Alzheimer's Association). Condolences may be shared online at www.langefh.com.
Published on February 12, 2018
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