PEKIN - Norma Jean (Abernathy) Wyss, 72, formerly of Pekin, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, in Keller, Texas.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, at First United Methodist Church of Pekin. The Reverend Judy Doyle will be officiating. Visitation with Norma's children will be at 10:30 a.m., and the church will host a luncheon immediately following the service.
Norma was born in Peoria on Nov. 25, 1941. She graduated from Manual High School in 1959 and received an associate's degree in accounting from Illinois Central College in 1989. She worked at Hiram Walker for many years, where she met her husband, Larry A. Wyss. They were married in Bartonville on Sept. 21, 1974, and raised three children together in Pekin. They are remembered as a family whose door was always open for family and friends.
Norma enjoyed reading, bowling, playing cards, the beach and all things Disney. Later in life, she found much joy singing with her church choir. She was an active member at First United Methodist Church of Pekin and at St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Orlando, Fla., where she moved in 2004.
She did accounting work in Peoria throughout most of her life and then worked for several years as a cast member at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla.
Her children and grandchildren were the music of her life. Norma is survived by her beloved children, Troy (Tammy) Yard of Jefferson, Wis., Dina (Kevin) Kuhlman of Trophy Club, Texas, and Amanda (Keith) Kohmetscher of Winter Garden, Fla. Her most precious treasures were her grandchildren, Nathan Ritt, Jonathan Yard, Jake, Katie and Sophie Kuhlman and Libby Kohmetscher. She is also survived by three brothers, Bob, Ron and Rick Abernathy; and four sisters, Rita Dunlap, Geraldine Thornhill, Darlene Marvel and Sharon Heubi; along with her many loving nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Jerry and Helen (Pate) Abernathy; as well as her husband, Larry A. Wyss; and their baby girl, Jocelyn Marie Wyss.
Norma considered her friends as part of her "family" and loved each one dearly. Her children are grateful for all those who brought joy and laughter to Norma's life.
A special note of thanks to Champion Caregivers, Heritage House and IntegraCare Hospice of Texas for their support during the last days of her life.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given in her honor to the
or First United Methodist Church of Pekin.