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Norma Lois Avery, 85, Centerville, Kan., passed away Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014. She was born Nov. 17, 1929 at Ottawa, Kan., the daughter of Chester and Genevieve Andrews Fredricks. She graduated from Ottawa High School.
Norma married Billie Joe “Bill” Avery July 25, 1948, in Ottawa. Her grandfather, Charles Andrews, was the officiating clergy. They made their home in Ottawa until 1959, moving to Osawatomie at that time.
She worked in several capacities, including Avon representative, clerk at Woolworth’s, and in food service at USD #367.
In 1979, Norma and Bill moved to Centerville. She was a member of the Northside Church of Christ.
She enjoyed cooking, collecting antiques, and had a passion for reading. She and Bill worked together taking care of their apple orchard. Norma’s family was the most important thing in her life. She enjoyed attending her children’s school activities, and “Grammy” continued that tradition when her grandsons came along. The family was very fortunate to take memorable vacations together.
Norma was preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her husband, Bill; daughter, Melissa Maimer and husband, Danny; son, Mike Avery and wife, Lisa; grandsons, Blake Maimer and wife Sarah, Jarod Avery, Tommy Avery, Grant Maimer; great-grandson Barrett Maimer; brother, Chester Fredricks; and a sister, Martha Anna Robison.
Funeral service was held Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, at the Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, Mound City Chapel. Burial was in the Osawatomie Cemetery. The family suggests contributions to Linn County Care to Share. Online condolences for the family may be left at Arrangements: Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, Mound City Chapel.


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