Nova Jene Hornback

May 13, 1938 ~ March 30, 2024 (age 85) 85 Years Old
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Nova Hornback Obituary

Nova Jene Hornback, age 85, passed away on Saturday, March 30th at Norman Regional Hospital. She was born on May 13th, 1938 to Paul and Hattie Palmertree in Wynnewood View Community, OK. She grew up in a very loving home in Wynnewood along with her three sisters Mary, Jody, and Beverly. Nova said her house was always filled with laughter, music, and good food. Hattie was known all around the area as an excellent cook. Paul played the fiddle at local dances and at their home in the evenings. Nova’s lifelong love of music started right there on her own front porch.

She met Joseph Harold Hornback in August of 1957, and they were married three months later on November 13th. Joe proposed on the top of Mount Scott near the town of Medicine Park in Oklahoma. They raised 4 kids, Dave, Lisa, John, and Tom. Joe was in the Air Force and the family traveled with him living in Tennessee, Ohio, California, Kansas, Oklahoma and Okinawa, Japan. Nova was a very proud and supportive Air Force wife.

When Joe retired from the Air Force they moved back to Norman, OK to be close to Nova’s family. Nova began working at the Norman Public Library as tech support. She loved working there and had many roles throughout the years. She was involved in the Mail a Book program and then became a part of the Adult Literacy Program. She taught adults to read and also led seminars to teach new volunteers how to teach adult literacy. She was passionate about this and very proud of the work she did and the people she helped.

Nova’s passions, besides her family, were music and travel. She never missed an opportunity to break into a dance! She may have looked like a wife and mother, but she was truly a hippie at heart. She loved the music of the ‘70s, especially Credence Clearwater and Tina Turner. Even the last 15 years, with two bad knees and trouble walking, if you put on good music she would be up and dancing! Her favorite t-shirt said, “I may be old but I got to see all the good bands”!

She got the opportunity to travel a lot in her life. Tom took her to New Orleans where she got to dance and enjoy great music. Dave took her on her dream trip to the Galapagos Islands, she had talked about going there since she was young. Nova and Joe took trips with Dave and his sons Dustin and Brandon to Baja, Mexico camping and enjoying the beach.  Dave also took her to Paris and London on another dream trip of hers. Nova and her sister Beverly visited David and he took them to Catalina Island where they got to see the musician Spencer Davis at a small bar. He took her to other places in California including Hollywood, Tahoe, and Mammoth Mountain. Lisa took her to New York City for a whirlwind tour of the city in the freezing month of January. She asked why it couldn’t have been a Mother’s Day trip when it was warmer! Lisa also took her to New York to a Tina Turner concert. She danced for three hours in the 2nd row with a big smile on her face! She visited John while he was in the Navy and got to tour his ship, the Constellation, which was an aircraft carrier. John also traveled with her to Kentucky to visit the Hornback side of the family and on a cruise to Florida. She loved travel and put that same love into her four children.

Nova is survived by her sisters Beverly Hood and husband James of Norman; Jody Caudell of Duncan.  Her four children Dave Hornback of San Diego; Lisa Wright and husband Clayton of Norman; John Hornback of Oklahoma City; and Tom Hornback and wife Veronica Silva of Albuquerque. Her grandkids Dustin and Brandon Hornback of San Diego; Curt and Matthew Hornback of Norman; Brandi Snodgrass and husband Brandon; Cody Wright and wife Ashley of Oklahoma City; Chad Wright and wife Alyxandria of Twentynine Palms, CA. Great-grandchildren Collins Hornback, Beau Jackson, Lilly Camp, Rusty Snodgrass, McKenna Wright, Carter Reamy, Jace and Jesse Wright, and Kayden Camp and wife Addyson of Mustang.

She has 37 nieces and nephews in Kentucky, Oklahoma, etc. and many friends of her kids that considered her a second mom.

Nova is preceded in death by her husband Joseph Harold Hornback, her parents Paul and Hattie Palmertree, brother Paul Palmertree Jr. and sister Mary Hunter.

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Memorial Service
April 6, 2024

10:00 AM
John M. Ireland & Son Funeral Home & Chapel
120 S. Broadway Ave.
Moore, OK 73160


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