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Obituary for Norma Murray

Ponca City Now - February 24, 2018 7:34 pm

Norma Jean Murray

(March 8, 1927 – February 23, 2018)

Norma Jean Murray of Blackwell, Oklahoma, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, February 23rd, 2018 at Creekside Village in Ponca City at the age of 90 years. Norma was born March 8, 1927, in Cherryvale, Kansas, to Raymond Franklin and Maude Ruby (Strong) Bush Sr. Norma received her education in Cherryvale and Blackwell, graduating from BHS with the class of ’45.

Norma married Howard Blower in 1945 and later married Ray Smith of Nowata, Oklahoma. The marriage ended a few years later due to Ray’s untimely death. Following the death of her husband and after 6 ½ years of employment with Phillips Petroleum Company in Bartlesville, Norma and her sons moved back to Blackwell. She then gained employment with Conoco Oil Company in the Refinery Personnel Office. Norma later met and married Ross Murray, on May 8, 1959. Together they had 3 sons, Steve, Robert and Glen and daughter, Kim.
Norma retired from Conoco in 1985 with 27 years of service. Following retirement, she volunteered for Blackwell General Hospital Auxiliary, the Red Cross Bloodmobile and the Meals-on-Wheels program. Norma was a member of the Friendship Sunday School class and the First United Methodist Church for many years, where she served as a communion steward for 12 years and in other capacities as well.

Some of Norma’s favorite activities included weekly card games, Bingo, camping, fishing, and trips out on the lake on her brother Ray’s pontoon boat. Following retirement, she enjoyed traveling and spoke often of friends met during her adventures. More than anything, Norma’s love for her family was abundant, in which she prepared the most delicious meals for them, always making sure that everyone was cared for before herself. Her spunky personality kept us laughing, her strength through adversity and kind and generous spirit were something we all admired.

Norma is survived by her son, Steve Smith and wife Vicki of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, stepson, Glen Murray and wife Nancy of Morgan Hill, California, daughter, Kim Shoffner and husband Ron of Braman, Oklahoma. She is also survived by seven grandchildren, Chris Smith and wife Michelle, Janelle Arsich and husband Jeremy, Adam Smith and wife Kristy, Allison Friden and husband Brian, Ashley Cochenour, Whitney McMahon and husband J.J., and Bron Shoffner and wife Kalyn, as well as 13 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Services are scheduled for 10:30 am, Friday, March 2nd at the First United Methodist Church in Blackwell with Rev. Cap McIlnay and Lanny Jobe officiating. Burial will follow in the Blackwell Cemetery. Honorary casket bearers are members of the Friendship Sunday School Class. Casket bearers are Ron Shoffner, Chris Smith, Adam Smith, Bron Shoffner, J.J. McMahon, Brian Friden and Jeremy Arsich.

A memorial has been established in her honor with the First United Methodist Church and the American Cancer Society in c/o Roberts and Son Funeral Home, 120 West Padon, Blackwell, Oklahoma 74631.

On-line condolences can be made at www.robertsandsonfh.com