Norma Rae Phillips, nee Nappier, 90, St. Clair, passed away, Saturday, June 15, 2013, in Washington. |
Norma, daughter of the late Roy Robert Nappier and wife Mattie, nee Johnson, was born Nov. 16, 1922, in Lonedell. She was united in marriage to Harry Cartwright in 1940, and one daughter came to bless this union. In 1943, she was united in marriage to Daniel Robert Phillips Sr., and two children came to bless this union.
Norma was a faithful and devoted Christian and lifelong member of Virginia Mines Baptist Church, Lonedell. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star, St. Clair Chapter 96 for over 60 years. She was very proud to have held every station and the title of past worthy matron. She lived in the St. Clair area throughout her life, and for several years, she and her husband, Daniel, owned and operated the Family Bargain Store in St. Clair. In later years, she was employed at R & R Ace, St. Clair, retiring after more than 25 years of service. Norma was an active, outgoing person who was driving even a year ago and continued to help and serve others. She enjoyed many hobbies and interests throughout her life, including sewing, quilting, embroidery, playing cards and games, especially with her grandchildren. She enjoyed cooking for her family and having dinner guests after church on Sunday. Norma also was well-known for her great pies. She was a kind and gracious lady who was always willing to lend a helping hand to others and cared for her family with kindness and love. She loved children and was happiest when she was surrounded by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Norma was preceded in death by her first husband, Harry Cartwright and their daughter, Harriet Cartwright; husband, Daniel Phillips Sr. and their son, Daniel R. Phillips Jr.; parents, Roy Robert and Mattie Nappier; four siblings, Robert Nappier, Warren Nappier, Ruth Nappier and Richard Nappier; one son-in-law, Dan Craig; and one granddaughter, Cheryl Henry.
She is survived by one daughter, Barbara Phillips Craig, Houston, Texas; one daughter-in-law, Jonell Phillips, St. Clair; 14 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law; nieces; nephews; great- and great-great-nieces and -nephews; cousins; other relatives and many friends.
A funeral service was held at 10 a.m. Friday, June 21, at Russell Colonial Funeral Home, St. Clair, with the Rev. Bob Herron and the Rev. Ben Kingston officiating.
Interment was in Virginia Mines Cemetery, Lonedell. Memorials may be given to Virginia Mines Cemetery or the
The family was served by Russell Colonial Funeral Home, St. Clair.
Published in The Missourian on June 29, 2013