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Norma Grace Higby

March 10, 1931 December 25, 2018
Norma Grace Higby
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Norma Grace Higby, 87, of Keokuk, IA, formerly of Lake Ozark, MO died Tuesday, December 25, 2018, at River Hills Village in Keokuk.

She was born March 10, 1931, near Murray, IA, at her parent’s farm, the daughter of Oliver Walton and Ethel Fern Shepardson Reitzel. On December 20, 1953, Norma was united in marriage to Robert Martin Higby in Oskaloosa, IA. He survives.

Other survivors include two daughters, Beth Anne Higby of Newhall, CA and Kathy Lynn Gage (Greg) of Keokuk, two sons, Richard Martin Higby (Ann) of St. Louis, MO and James Robert Higby (Brett) of Lake St. Louis, MO, four grandchildren, Jessica Lynn Walker (Chris) of Parachute, CO, Thomas Bennett Gage of Lincoln, NE, Jacob Robert Higby of Lake St. Louis, MO and Maria Grace Higby of Lake St. Louis, MO and a great-grandson, Finn Charles Walker.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Dorothy Fern Perdue.

Norma graduated from Osceola High School in Osceola, IA with the Class of 1949. She continued her education at Iowa Wesleyan University in Mt. Pleasant, IA and received her Bachelor of Arts degree.

She had been employed as the Librarian at the School of the Osage in Lake Ozark, MO for thirty years, until her retirement.

Norma was a member of the P.E.O. and Delta Kappa Gamma. She was an active member of the Lake Ozark Christian Church, where she had served as an elder and had been a member of the Lake Ozark Christian Adult Church Choir and the Christian Women’s Fellowship for many years.

Norma loved her job as an elementary school librarian. Her great joy was reading to the students and helping them find books. Norma loved her family, husband, children and grandchildren. She loved reading, quilting, singing in the church choir and playing music on the piano. She also enjoyed flower gardening and watching the birds at her bird feeder

A funeral service was held at 10 a.m., Monday, December 31, at the Vigen Memorial Home in Keokuk, IA with Pastor David Turner officiating. Burial was held in the Forest Home Cemetery in Mt. Pleasant, IA.

Visitation was held one hour prior to the service from 9-10 a.m., Monday. December 31, at the funeral home with family meeting with friends at that time.

A Celebration of Life was held at 2 p.m., Saturday, January 5, 2019 at the Lake Ozark Christian Church in Lake Ozark, MO.

Memorials may be made to the Lake of the Ozarks Christian Church, 1560 Bagnell Dam Blvd, Lake Ozark, MO, 65049.


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