Norma Lee Whewell, 85, formerly of Carthage, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at her home in Yorkville, Illinois.
Norma was born June 22, 1935, the daughter of Floyd and Helen (Shanks) Flynn in Keokuk, Iowa. On October 12, 1952, she was united in marriage to Donald P. Whewell at the United Methodist Church in Carthage. He preceded her in death in 2007. They enjoyed fifty-five years of marriage on the farm in Carthage where they raised their four daughters. Over the years Norma was involved with her daughters’ activities as a Sunday school teacher, 4-H leader and Girl Scout leader. She also enjoyed following local and national sports. In their later years she and Don were actively involved in their grandchildren’s activities. They still enjoyed sports and also traveling in their RV and serving as camp hosts. Don and Norma were actively involved in the Flying Farmers hosting an Illinois State Flying Farmer’s Fly-In at their farm in 1982.
Norma is survived by her four daughters, Kathy (Karl) Kuehn of Hickory, North Carolina, Becky Kunz of Washington, DC, Jeannie (Bob) Johnson of Waterman, Illinois and Linda (Pete) Graham of Pocatello, Idaho; three grandsons, Eric, Christopher and Cole; three granddaughters, Christina, Allison and Natalie; eight great grandchildren, Nolan, Cooper, Diesel, Darby, Ethan, Henry, Liam and McKinley; many nieces, nephews, cousins; and a community of life-long friends.
A memorial service will be held at 2:30 PM Saturday, July 31, 2021, at Printy Funeral Home in Carthage. Family will meet friends from 12:30 PM until time of services at 2:30 at the funeral home. The memorial service will be live-steamed on Norma’s obituary page at www.printyfuneralhome.com. Memorials may be directed to the Leukemia Cancer Society, Hearts of Hancock Humane Society, or the charity of your choice. Printy Funeral Home of Carthage is in charge of arrangements.
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