Norma Jean Moyer
Norma Jean Moyer, 91, passed away peacefully on Friday, September 20, 2019. She was born on December 12, 1927, in Humbolt, Nebraska, to William T. Bahl and Mary Elizabeth (Henry) Bahl, who preceded her in death.
“Jeanne” attended grade school in Humbolt, until the family moved to Mound City, Missouri, where she completed elementary school and graduated from high school. Upon graduation, she attended NWMSC in Maryville, Missouri, where she pledged the Tri Sigma Epsilon sorority and was a cheerleader for the Bearcats. After just two years of classes, she taught first grade in Tarkio, Missouri. Jeanne graduated in 1949, with a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education.
On May 27, 1949, she married the love of her life, Paul Wilson Moyer. They were blessed with four children, one son and three daughters. Jeanne was happy to be a stay at home mom. She enjoyed reading to, as well as, baking, singing and playing with her children. She was very involved at Horace Mann Laboratory School, earlier as a student teacher and later, as a volunteer and room mother. She was a Girl Scout leader for several years helping one troop complete their Curved Bar award. Her family was always at the front and center of her life.
Jeanne loved to socialize with her friends. She enjoyed playing bridge with the girls and their monthly supper club with couples. She was a fifty year member of the Tri Sigma Alumnae Association as well as, Chapter HT of P.E.O. She held numerous offices in both organizations. Jeanne helped raise funds for the Experiment in International Living while chairing Christmas Around the World in 1969. The Moyers hosted two students, one from France and one from Mexico.
Jeanne worked in the office of their Superior Laundry and Cleaners business. She loved greeting the customers and entertaining the employees on holidays with her yummy baked treats.
In 1978, she and Paul moved to Hopkins, Missouri, to devote more time to the farming operation. Jeanne always had a delicious lunch and afternoon dessert ready for everyone who might show up to work or just for a visit; No one ever went away hungry. She was a wonderful wife, mother and partner, filling in wherever and whenever she was needed.
In 1971, she received the NWMSC Mother of the Year award. She was humbled, but truly deserving.
Jeanne and Paul loved to travel. They were fortunate enough to visit Mexico, Ireland, Alaska, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and many states in the USA.
Jeanne loved children. In 1982, she took a job in Parnell, Missouri, where she taught first grade for the next three years. She believed in active learning, making it both exciting and fun.
In 2014, Jeanne became the subject of “My Gramma Stories”, written about funny incidents that occurred in her own life. She loved the notoriety and sharing the stories with her great grandchildren.
She was fortunate to find LOVE a second time in her life. She spent much of the past four years enjoying time with her longtime friend, Jack Kee. Their love for each other was inspiring.
She was preceded in death by her three sisters, one brother and their spouses, Thelma Bahl, Billie Heck (Dean), Annabel Patterson, and Gordon Bahl (Katherine).
Jeanne is survived by a son, Jerry Moyer and wife, Marilyn Moyer, Titusville, Florida, and three daughters, Paula Savaiano and husband, Angelo, LeClaire, Iowa, Dian Blankenship and husband, Doug, Glenwood, Iowa, and Linda March and husband, Craig, Edgewood, New Mexico. She is also survived by a sister in law, Esther Moyer, Maryville, Missouri.
Jeanne took special joy and pride in her seven grandchildren, Angela (Jon) Possehl, Davenport, Iowa, Staci (Chris) Willis, Glenview, Illinois, Tammy (Michael) Lunetto, Chicago, Illinois, Matt (Heather) Kincade, DePere, Wisconsin, Marc (Katie) Kincade, Mason City, Iowa, Megan (Ryan) Bigos, Longmont, Colorado, and Justin Moyer (Inggrid), Los Angeles, California. She was also the proud great grandmother to 16 great grandchildren, Anna, Nate, and Sofia Possehl, Cameron, Olivia, and Mallory Willis, Emelia and Ben Lunetto, Hayden, Brennen, and Jacob Kincade, Caylee, Brooklyn, and Campbell Kincade, and Sebastian and Saylor Bigos.
Per Jeanne’s wishes, a celebration of life was held for the immediate family. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Maryville Public Library’s children’s corner.