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Norma Jean Gustafson

Norma Jean Gustafson, 83 years old of Nixa, Missouri passed away Thursday, December 3, 2020 at Cox Hospital. Norma was born in Washington, Iowa April 15, 1937 to George & Ruth (Syfert) Stansbery. She graduated from Wilson High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 1956. Norma married Robert Gustafson May 15, 1965, moving to Waterloo, Iowa. Raising three daughters and working for the Waterloo School District in the school's cafeteria. In 1993 Norma and Robert retired and moved to Nixa, Missouri. Norma was preceded in death by her parents, husband Robert, brothers Donald & Duane Stansbery, and son-in-law Charles Swender. Survivors include daughters; Karolyn Swender of Waterloo, Iowa & Karla (Mike) Ray of Republic, Missouri. Sister; Lois (Loren) Schmitz and brother Gary (Lynn) Stansbery all of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Grandchildren; Duane Swender of Waterloo, Iowa, Melissa Ray (Adam Kram) of Republic, Missouri and Mason ( Laura) Ray of Lenexa, Kansas; Great Granddaughters; Londyn (who lovingly named Norma G.G.), Paisley and Athena. Her beloved dog Buddy and many friends that she considered family. Norma will be joining her late husband Robert in the Veteran's Wall at Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Springfield, Missouri. Arrangement for cremation are under the care and direction of Adams Funeral Home, Nixa, MO. There are no services planned at this time.

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Funeral Home Owner Feb 9 2021 12:00 AM

Norma was my second cousin; I've know her all of my life. I grew up close to her, her parents & siblings. When she had Karolyn & Karla, I became their babysitter. Norma was the kindest person and very caring and grateful for her family & friends. She will be missed by many.

Pam Holcomb Wolf Dec 11 2020 12:00 AM

Norma, you were our neighbor and friend for over 20 years. You always showed great love, affection, loyalty, and friendship to Bob; to Karla and Karolyn and their families, including your grandkids and great-grandkids (you always had the BIGGEST smile talking about them); and to the rest of your WHOLE family. You were always so quick to update me with stories and pictures of them, and I know they know how much you loved them, Norma. This includes your two dogs, Susie and Buddy. They were both so loyal and loving in return. I will always look back and smile at the many times we enjoyed going to eat our favorite "Chi-town bacon cheeseburger" pizza at Bud & Walt's. Norma, I will miss your smile and the sound of your voice and laughter, our conversations - YOU! I am so much a better person for the privilege of being your friend. Thank you for always being YOU, Norma. I will miss you greatly. ~ Kerry Wilson

Kerry Wilson Dec 4 2020 12:00 AM

Norma was my aunt. A very sweet woman. Always laughing and having fun. My wife and I would visit her and take her out to eat. We had alot of fun & lots of memories of her. We will miss her. She's in a beautiful place now.

Leo Schmitz Dec 4 2020 12:00 AM