Norma Jean (Powell) Fleener, 78, of Kokomo, passed away at 11:56 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019 surrounded by her children and her two oldest grandchildren. She was born April 28, 1941, in Peru, Miami County, Indiana, the daughter of the late Eldo and Elizabeth (Shine) Powell.
Norma was a 1959 graduate of Clay Township High School. She retired from Delco after many years of service as a line worker and custodian. Although she retired as a custodian, she may have been better known by many as “the lady selling Gold Fever jewelry from the bathrooms at Delco.” In addition to her salesmanship, Norma will always be remembered for her unwavering generosity, support, and love that she provided to her family and friends as well as the countless creatures that called her backyard home. Norma embodied the industrious and independent nature of the women of her generation, raising and providing for her two children as a single, working mother and devoting her later years of retirement to supporting and caring for her grandchildren. She found her purpose in life through nurturing and comforting others with her beloved cooking, thoughtful listening and advice, and unfiltered, feisty sense of humor. She was also known for her creative spirit -- always experimenting with recipes, doing crafts, and innovating in her home and garden. Norma enjoyed making meals with lots of butter and love, beating all of her euchre opponents, finding a good deal at a rummage sale, being known as a ‘crazy cat lady,’ and most importantly, ensuring that her loved ones were well taken care of.
She is survived by her children, Michael Fox (Sheila) and Kimberly Howard (Brian); grandchildren, Joshua Fox, Jessica Fox, Isabella Krompack, and Conner Krompack; sister, Esther Kinsella (John); and her three cats, One-Eyed Jack, Toast, and Rudy.
Traditionally, our family would come together in celebration in the weeks between her birthday and Mother’s Day. In keeping with tradition, a Celebration of Life will be held on May 2, 2020. Details will be provided via social media and other means. Should you have any questions, please call her daughter Kim at (317) 201-1193. We hope you will join us in honoring her in a manner that she would have preferred through gathering at her home and sharing fond memories and, of course, too much Norma food. Shirley & Stout Funeral Home & Crematory were entrusted with arrangements. Messages of condolence may be left online at www.shirleyandstout.com.
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