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  Norma Jo Isenhower, age 88, formerly of Lamar, passed away Monday morning, February 24, 2014 surrounded by her family in her home at Harlingen, Texas.

  Jo was born August 7, 1925 at Jasper, Missouri, one of the three daughters of Joe and Nell (Neeley) Hardenbrook.  On November 5, 1944, at Hugo, Oklahoma, she married Jay W. Isenhower, a WWII veteran, and they had celebrated 58 years together before his death December 5, 2002.  She was also preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Annette Earl.

  In addition to being a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, Norma Jo had worked as a service representative for Bell Telephone and as a cashier at Savings & Loan.  She had served as a charter board member of the first ambulance district in Barton County.  After moving to Harlingen in 1994, Norma Jo was an active volunteer for HOSTS (Help One Student To Succeed) for 14 years.  She will be remembered by many for her hospitality, her warm smile and cheerful outlook on life.

  Survivors include a son, John J. Isenhower, San Antonio, Texas; a daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Bob Smith, Festus, Missouri; three grandchildren, Jason (Emily) Smith, Mason, Ohio, Ashleigh (Corey) Nagel, Arnold, Missouri, and Malcom Isenhower, Chicago, Illinois; and five great-grandchildren, Jack, Benjamin, and Samuel Smith, Carson and Evelyn Nagel; a sister, Nancy Woodward, Lamar; sister-in-law, Carolyn Isenhower, Fontana, Kansas; two nieces and six nephews.

  A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 29th at Daniel Funeral Home with her grandson, Pastor Jason Smith officiating.  Burial will be in Lake Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 10:00 until service time Saturday at the funeral home.

  Memorial contributions to honor Norma Jo are suggested to Mason Vineyard Community Church, P.O. Box 40, Mason, Ohio  45040.

Comments  

#15 NewfoundlandRick and Arlene Dubendorf 2014-03-06 12:44
Sorry for your loss. Norma Jo may be gone but will never be forgotten.
#14 United StatesJon E. French 2014-03-02 09:49
So sorry for your loss. Jon and Iola French
#13 Nevada, MOMichelle Patton Magee 2014-02-28 17:04
Sorry for you loss. She was a wonderful woman. Your families are in my prayers during this time.
#12 Livingston, TXSydney Bennett 2014-02-27 20:49
Thoughts and prayers for all of you during this difficult time.
#11 Janet Feezell Basnett 2014-02-27 20:33
John and Nancy, My deepest sympathy go out to both of you and your families during this time of sadness. It has been many years but I will always remember you as we were in school together for a number of years. I know how it is to lose a parent as I have lost both of mine - my mother in a horrible auto accident that took her life immediately and my dad who died from cancer after suffering for over 5 years. One thing I know that helps is they were both ready to meet the Lord. I pray for you that God will comfort you and help you through this hard time. MAY GOD GRACIOUSLY BLESS YOU, Janet
#10 United StatesEdith Cox Nevada MO 2014-02-27 17:23
Dear John & Nancy and families,
So sorry for your loss.
There was only one Jo! I worked with her at Southwestern Bell in Nevada when she would come up from Lamar to help.
#9 Lamar, MO.Phyllis Oglesby 2014-02-27 11:09
Nancy and John, So sorry for your loss, just know that my prayers are with you and your families. Love you.
#8 Clever, MOLarry Ross 2014-02-27 09:33
Please know my prayers are with you Nancy, John and all of your family.
#7 Grand Prairie, TXDave & Linda Bary 2014-02-26 16:13
John and Nancy, So sorry to learn of your mother's passing. She was a lifelong friend of the Bary family. Honor her life and cherish the memories.
#6 Austin, TXJeanie and JT Kirtley 2014-02-26 13:39
Thanking God for his faithfulness in seeing all of you thru this difficult time. Sending with love.

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