Norma Jean Slater

Norma Jean Slater, 87 of Adel, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. A private family graveside service was held on Saturday.

Norma was born Nov. 29, 1932, to Marion and Nina (Griswold) Mc-Kinzie. She had two brothers, Raymond and Kenneth. She grew up in the Winterset area before moving to Earlham where she and her husband, Darold, raised five children.

She worked for JC Penny for over 30 years, a place where she met many people she called her second family. She cared for her co-workers deeply. When she retired, she volunteered at Adel Acres Care Center and the Stuart Care Center, reading to residents which she enjoyed. She also wrote a column for the Dallas County News called “Norma’s Nonsense”. 

She enjoyed sewing memory bears and pillows for people made from their loved ones clothing. She loved to bake and watch the birds at her feeders every day. But most of all she loved her children and family.

Norma is survived by her children, Alan Slater, Lisa (Ron) Caudle, and Brian Slater; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren, and her brother, Kenneth (Karen) McKinzie.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Darold; her son, Gary Slater; daughter, Dawn Pieper; and her brother, Raymond McKinzie.

She was a wonderful mother and will be greatly missed.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to her family for a future designation.

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