Norma Jean Rutterbush was born on March 27, 1939 in Detroit Michigan to Norman Ellsworth Forbes and Bertha Carpenter Forbes. She passed away on October 1, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana and is now awaiting the return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Her life was a gift to all who knew her and were loved by her.
She raised 6 children as a predominantly single Mother. Upon her death she had a heritage of 5 beautiful children, 15 Grand Children and 12 Great Grand Children.
3 Daughters: Charri Davis-Arizona, Jeannie Agema (Dan)- Chino, California, Candi Walker (Michael)-McCordsville, Indiana.
2 sons: Terry North (Eva)-Cornelius North Carolina, and Joe Rocheleau-North Carolina
15 Beautiful Grand Children: Danielle Wheeler, Deserae Lopez, Danielle Carman, Ryan Lee Agema, Samantha North, Kelly Ramos, T.J. North, Jami North, Jessica North, Scarlett North, Amelia Walker, Ethan Walker, Courtney Rocheleau, Miranda Rocheleau, and Joey Rocheleau
12 Great Grand Children: Aiden Gettis, Sean Argento, Colbie Rae Argento, Luke Lopez, Lakota Lopez, Liam Lopez, Leanna Lopez, Brooklyn Agema, Tyler Elliot, Zoe North, Kailin Willis, and Sophie Parks.
She was proceeded in Death by her parents, her brother Marvin Forbes and her Eldest son, Robert (Bobby) Allen North (1997)
Norma “Jean” was a beloved and wonderful Mother who gave every ounce of all that she was to her children. To make ends meet when her children were small, she took in ironing for businessmen, and washed laundry for people in her home so that she could be available at home for her children.
As her children grew, she became a preschool teacher with Head Start. She impacted many of her students with her love and her care.
When her adult children began to marry and make new lives for themselves, she packed up and moved from Michigan following them to the south where she continued her teaching career as a Director of a large church Day Care center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, where she led many staff caring for infants to 6thgrade children.
She found herself following her adult children again as they moved to Rogers Arkansas, where she spent a number of years developing a very successful residential and commercial cleaning business. In all of these changes and moves, she never left her children without her love, help, care and wisdom. Her Grandchildren were so blessed to be able to experience a wonderful, hands on” Gram” as they grew.
As an “empty nester”, she chose to give her life in service to God and went to college to become a Minister. She was a faithful Minister and teacher for 19 years, Ministering and serving God’s people and bringing those who searched for answers to God and the knowledge of His Word.
She was beloved by her children, grandchildren, and her great grandchildren. She will be so very deeply missed but will forever live in our hearts and lives as we carry out her legacy of love and trust in the God she lived for. And we know beyond a shadow of a doubt that we will be together again someday.
Gratitude is extended for the staff and helpers at Westminster Village North who especially loved and cared for our Mom in rehab and in long term care. And a very special thanks to Guardian Angel Hospice and their exceptional care of our precious Mother in her last days.
Her wishes were for her children and immediate family only to be together for an intimate ceremony to celebrate the life they shared together. It will be held in McCordsville, Indiana at a later date to be determined.
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