Norma Jean (Baker) Webb, 91, of Adel, IA, went to be with the Lord on January 13, 2021, at Adel Acres Care Center. Norma was born on March 5, 1929, to Doyle Mathis and Laura Mae (Barchus) Baker, on a small farm near Knowlton, IA. She was the oldest of five children, later joined by Iona, Dick, Elmer and Joyce. Norma attended her first two years of school in Knowlton. When her family moved to a farm northeast of Mount Ayr in 1936, she went to country school at Liberty Center through eighth grade. She and Iona would walk or ride a horse two miles to and from school. Norma had beautiful handwriting and won a handwriting contest as an eighth grader. She graduated from Mount Ayr High School in 1947.
Growing up, Norma, being the oldest, was her father’s “right hand man” on the farm, doing chores, helping in the hay field, shucking corn, etc. She also enjoyed helping her mother in the home when possible.
On August 10, 1947, Norma was united in marriage to Gilbert Samuel (Bill) Webb, Jr. at her parents’ home in Mount Ayr. They purchased a small farm south of Tingley. While living on the farm they were blessed with seven children, Gary Leigh, Stephen Craig, Cynthia Ann, Michael David, Janelle Kaye, Gilbert Samuel III (Sam) and Rose Mary. Norma was proud to be able to be a stay-at-home mom when the children were young. She, and the children, assisted Bill wherever needed on the farm.
Norma had a strong faith and accepted Christ at an early age. She was a lifelong member of the Nazarene Church and served as a Sunday School teacher and song leader for many years, at the various churches they attended, including the Adel Open Bible. Norma and Bill retired and moved to Tingley Retirement Apartments in 2007 and she cherished the friendships they made in the Sunday School class at the Ellston Methodist Church. Norma was also active at the Tingley Meal Site, delivering meals to shut-ins and had fun joining the Kitchen Band and Friday Singers.
After moving to Zearing, IA, in 1967, and her youngest child started to school, Norma took a job driving a school bus. When they moved to Adel in 1969, she continued driving a bus. She had driven for a total of 23 years when she retired. She loved the children on her bus and had a good rapport with them and their families. She enforced the rules with love and respect and considered the students an extension of her family. Norma’s love for children was apparent as she did childcare in her home for a few years and also provided loving care to grandchildren and great-grandchildren when called upon. Many children have experienced snuggling with Grandma as she rocked and sang them to sleep. She also worked at the Adel Floral Shop for 17 years, Harvey’s Greenhouse in Adel and the Adel Acres Care Center. Norma loved to read and embroidery but was happiest when surrounded by her family and loved attending as many of their activities as possible. Norma was a great cook and got lots of practice cooking for her large family. She loved having them all home for a meal. She could make the best chicken and homemade noodles with mashed potatoes. That seemed to be her specialty, and everyone’s favorite! People were disappointed if she didn’t bring them to any potluck she attended!
Norma was happy to call Adel Acres home since 2017. She loved the care and attention she received there and played a very competitive game of “BINGO”.
Norma was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bill; son, Sam; son-in-law, Greg Aubert; brothers, Dick Baker and Elmer Baker; brother-in-law, Duane Triggs; and Bill’s siblings (four sisters and three brothers).
Left to cherish memories of her and mourn her passing are her children, Gary (Sonja), Redmond, OR; Steve (Marcia), North Platte, NE; Cindy Golightly, Des Moines, IA; Mike (Donna), Rogers, AR; Janelle (Rick) Taylor, Des Moines, IA; Rose Aubert, Waukee, IA; daughter-in-law, Brenda Webb, Shawnee, KS; 19, plus three step, grandchildren, numerous great and step great-grandchildren, and three great great grandsons; sisters, Iona Triggs, Mount Ayr, IA; Joyce (Jim) Ward, Maryville, MO; sisters-in-law, Ann Baker, Benton, IA; Mary Jo Baker, Mountain Home, AR; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
If my children were all together and I were still alive, I would say to you, “Live your lives for Jesus so that when your life is over we will all be a unbroken family circle around the Heavenly throne. Remember, I love you”! Love, Mom.
Private family services was at  2:00 p.m. on Monday, January 18, 2021 at Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr, IA.
Officiating was Pastor Matthew Pollock of the First Church of Nazarene.
Music was “Handful of Weeds” by Sarah Bix, and “Amazing Grace”.
Casketbearers were Jon Webb, Matthew Webb, Seth Webb, John Golightly, Chris Webb, Shane Webb, Mickey Webb, Ricky Taylor, Adam Webb and Joshua Webb.
Honorary casketbearers were Christy Ragland, Jessica Clingfost, Mary Austin, Amy Parker,   Emily Brueck, Becky Baker, Tanya Lamb, Jennifer Clark and Nichole Aubert.
Burial was at the Benton Cemetery in Benton, IA.
Memorials are to Tingley Meal Site and Des Moines First Church of Nazarene.

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