Norma Lattin, 89, of Gladbrook, Iowa, entered her eternal home peacefully on March 21, 2020, under the care of Iowa River Hospice in Marshalltown, Iowa, due to complications from a urinary tract infection. A memorial service will be at 3:00 PM on November 22, 2020, at the United Methodist Church in Gladbrook. Visitation will follow the service in the Fellowship Hall. Face masks are required for those attending. Interment will be at Gethmann Cemetery on a later date. Family requests that memorials be directed to the Gladbrook United Methodist Women, the Gladbrook/Lincoln Ambulance or Iowa River Hospice of Marshalltown. Anderson Funeral Homes in Gladbrook has been entrusted with the arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to www.andersonfhs.com
Norma June Lattin was born in Arkansas City, Arkansas on June 13, 1930 to Owen and Dolly (King) Gish. She graduated from Argentine High School in Kansas City, Kansas in 1948. After graduation, she worked for 2 ½ years as treasurer at the high school.
On January 20, 1951, Norma was united in marriage to her high school sweetheart, Evert Lattin. They enjoyed 67 years of marriage until Evert's death in January 2018.
After marrying, Norma worked at Traveler's Insurance Co. in Kansas City until her daughter, Debra, was born in 1952.
Norma was a stay at home mother & housewife until Debra was in college. She enjoyed immensely being able to be a stay-at-home mother & wife. When Debra was in college, she began working part-time for the school nurse, Evelyn Koester, at Harmon High School in Kansas City until Evelyn retired. Evelyn & Norma were good friends which began when Evelyn was the school nurse at Argentine High School when Norma was a student there. The friendship continued as Evelyn remained the school nurse when Debra attended Argentine High School.
She was active in the John Calvin Presbyterian church in Kansas City, Kansas, that she was raised & married in, serving as treasurer for many years & leading the vacation Bible school programs. She was an active member of the PTA while Debra was in K-12 in the Argentine school district serving as treasure for many years while Debra was in junior/senior high school. She was an active member of ABOPS - the parent organization that supported Debra's high school band. She was a member of the AL Chapter of PEO in Kansas City.
Norma & Evert moved to Gladbrook in 1998 to be close to their grandsons, daughter & son-in-law (Phil). Norma was a member of the Gladbrook United Methodist church. a UMW member & supported all UMC activities. She transferred her PEO membership to the JU Chapter in Marshalltown, Iowa. She served as historian of the Gladbrook Women's Club for several years.
Norma adored her grandsons & enjoyed attending their band & chorus concerts, the school plays & all activities they were involved in.
Health issues led to Norma entering nursing home care in 2014.
Norma is survived by her daughter, Debra (Phil) Koester: grandsons, Kevin of Topeka, KS, & Kyle of Gladbrook: brother, James (Donna) Gish of Kansas City, KS: niece, Connie (Ron) Perkins of Branson, MO, and several great-nieces & great-nephews.
She was proceeded in death by her husband, Evert: sister & brother-in-law, Dorine & Preston Stephenson and niece, Barbara Stephenson Bryan.
Norma, and my mother were best friends for so many years, and shopped and had lunch together every week. Norma did so much in helping with my wedding, and we even went to her home to change clothes after the ceremony before leaving for our honeymoon. I will always cherish her laugh and wonderful, fun loving spirit. It brings me great joy knowing they are up there now laughing together!
I have many fond memories of Norma. She was a gracious hostess, loved her dogs, and always had a smile. Love and condolences to the family.
Deb and family, I am so sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathy is with you.
Deb and family, I am so sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathy is with all of you.
Deb and family, Our deepest sympathy and regards. John & Pat
Keith and I are thinking of your family. Saying good-bye is never easy. Try holding those good memories. We send prayers for you.
Deb, sorry for your loss of your Mother. You were so dedicated to her and her care. May the Lord comfort you. Joan & Bruce
Norma was such a fun-loving, kind and generous spirit. I will always remember her laugh! She and Mother were the best of friends, and they both worked so hard on my wedding. We even went to her home to change clothes before we flew to our honeymoon destination.
She was a true gem, and I'm happy that she and Mother are together again.💙🙏 Love, Marchea Jennings
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