Fannie Pearl Norman, 77 of Moore, Oklahoma, passed away from this life to begin her eternal life in Heaven with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on November 23, 2021. Fannie was born in Sulphur, Oklahoma, to George Washington Adkins and Ethyl Bates Adkins on October 27, 1944. Fannie graduated from Pauls Valley High School, Class of 1962. After graduating high school, she married the love of her life, Ben Norman Sr., on May 23, 1962, in a ceremony in Gainesville, Texas. She briefly worked for Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City, as well as working at Dillard’s department store in Crossroads Mall. Once her children were born, Fannie became a full-time Homemaker.
Fannie’s children were everything to her. She loved being a full-time mom, and she always put her children, and later her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, first. Fannie gave more to life than what she ever got back. Her kindness and generosity were ingrained in her very being, and she would help anyone in need, anytime they needed it. She wanted the absolute best for her children, and Fannie’s daughter, Linzee, fondly remembers the night her mom dropped her off at her first junior high dance. As Linzee was getting out of the car, Fannie sweetly and playfully said to Linzee, “I hope you dance, I hope you always choose to dance, baby” with loving, happy tears in her eyes.
Fannie was a loving wife mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and sister. Nothing was more important than her family, and she loved them dearly. Her husband enjoyed drag racing, so Fannie would always go to the drag races to support her favorite driver, Ben Norman Sr. She loved to spend as much time with her grandkids as possible, spoiling them rotten at any opportunity. Fannie and Ben Sr. loved to take their family on vacation, and they went all over the United States. Some of their more memorable vacations included trips to Branson, Missouri, as well as Disneyland, Grand Ole Opry Land, South Padre Island, and New Orleans.
Fannie enjoyed going to garage sales – they were her passion. She liked shopping for crosses and angels to add to her expansive collection. She enjoyed cooking, and Ben Jr. loved his mom’s salmon patties. Fannie like football and enjoyed watching the OU Sooners, and in years past, attended the football games at Crooked Oak High School. She also loved to relax and watch her favorite shows on TV – Mom, The Price is Right, and Teen Mom.
Fannie’s faith was incredibly important to her throughout her life. She loved the Lord and adored going to church, and she was an active member of the Shartel Church of God in Oklahoma City. Fannie’s warm, loving heart touched the lives of many, and she will be deeply and forever missed by all those who knew and loved her.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Jennifer Gossman; four sisters, Ethel Dean McDaniel, Wanda Jo Gibson, and Mary Ruth Cozad, and Shirley Williams, and three brothers, Jack Adkins, Bobby Adkins, and George Washington Adkins Jr.
Fannie is survived by her loving husband, Ben Norman Sr.; her children, son Ben Norman Jr. and his wife, Misty, daughter Linzee Davis and her husband, Trey, and daughter Jennifer Gossman; seven grandchildren, Bryce and Bailey Davis, both of whom she helped raise like they were her own, Cade, Chaz, and Bree Norman, Sasha Sherille, and Bobby Holman; as well as four great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held from 12:00 PM through 8:30 PM on Saturday, November 27, 2021, at the John M. Ireland & Son Funeral Home & Chapel, located at 120 South Broadway Avenue in Moore, Oklahoma.
Funeral services will begin at 2:00 PM on Monday, November 29, 2021, at Shartel Church of God, located at 1600 S. Western Ave. in Oklahoma City. Interment will follow the service at Resthaven Memory Gardens, located at 500 SW 104th St. in Oklahoma City. Services are under the direction and care of John M. Ireland & Son Funeral Home & Chapel.