Loreda Pearl Norman
9/26/1926 - 1/30/2019

Loreda Pearl (Parrish) Norman, 92, of Bellmead, passed away on January 30 th 2019. Services will be 2:00 p.m. Monday, February 4, 2019 at Bellmead Funeral Home Chapel with Barry Camp officiating. Burial will be at Concord Cemetery. Visitation will be 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm Sunday February 3, 2019 at the funeral home. On September 26, 1926, Loreda was born to Britt & Mildred (Collier) Parrish, in Waco, Tx. She was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings – Vernon Britt (V.B.) Parrish, Naman Parrish, and Bettye Ruth Parrish; her husband, John Loyd Norman, and their oldest son, Larry Wayne Norman. Survivors include her children: John Steven & Donna Beth Norman, Roy & Linda Norman, Stanley & Nan Norman, Ruth Ann & Bill Mitchell; Donna Sue & Stephen Brown (all of Waco), and Sonya & Scott Murphy (of Johnstown, NY); 17 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren, and 3 great-great grandchildren. Loreda graduated from Axtell High School and 4-C Business College. She married John Loyd Norman on August 31, 1944. During WWII, she worked as a secretary to several naval officers, in San Diego, Ca. After the war, She and her husband returned to Waco, Tx and soon began their family. They shared 49 years together and raised 7 children. They believed in raising their children with Christian ideals and were active at Bellmead First Baptist Church (BFBC). She worked as the church secretary of BFBC under several pastors until she purchased a small café inside the Leggott’s Auction Barn. She continued serving in her church and community as a Sunday School teacher, a choir member, a youth sponsor, a member of the Women’s Missionary Union (WMU), and she was the head cook for all the meals and special events at BFBC for many years. She purchased and managed a 2nd business, Cedar Chest Restaurant, in Eastgate Mall, of Bellmead, where she became well-known for her made-from-scratch chicken & dumplings and pies. After retirement, she kept busy. She gathered information and started the first Axtell High School Reunion and coordinated it annually for several years until she handed over the torch to younger volunteers. She wrote a weekly column in The Neighbor section of the Waco Tribune Herald, and she sang alto in the Baylor Senior Choir. In her last years, she resided at The Atrium of Bellmead, where she continued to make friends. She was loved by many in every station of her life, and she continues to experience the greatest love of all, at the feet of her Lord, Jesus Christ.

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