Norma Jean Gooch

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Norma Jean Gooch, 69, Nevada, Mo., died Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2006, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Mo., following a lengthy illness. She was born Aug. 8,1936, in Sheldon, Mo. She married Roland D. Gooch on Aug. 5,1961, in Miami, Okla. He preceded her in death on April 12, 1996.

Norma grew up in Sheldon and attended the Sheldon school. She lived her life in Kansas City, Mo., and Kansas City, Kan., and has been in Nevada the past 15 years. She attended the First Assembly Church in Nevada.

Survivors include her children, the Rev. Greg Gooch and his wife Judy, Jasper, Mo., Carol Schlecta and her husband David, Ottawa, Kan., Gary Gooch and his wife Pam, Nevada, Sheila Gooch and Phil Banes, Sheldon, and Dawn Howell, of the home in Nevada; 15 grandchildren with the 16th due to be born in July, and three great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by one son, Gailand Gooch on March 24, 2005.

Funeral services wilI be held at 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, Feb. 25, at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, with the Rev. Greg Gooch officiating. Interment will follow in Sheldon Cemetery, Sheldon. Friends may call now and until the hour of service and the family receives friends 7-8 p.m., Friday evening at the funeral home.

Those who wish may contribute to the American Cancer Society or the American Lung Association in care of Ferry Funeral Home.

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