Norma M. Collings

Norma Marceil Long Collings

97, of Carmel, passed away on November 14, 2012 at Summer Trace Nursing Facility in Carmel. Norma was born in Decatur , IN on January 7, 1915. She was the daughter of Frank and Clema Long and little sister to brother, Bill and sisters, Audrey and Helen. On the week of her birthday, the Rocky Mountain National Park was established and the first stone for the Lincoln Memorial was put into place. World War One was underway and on May 3, John McCrae wrote the poem, "In Flanders Field", one of Norma's favorite poems.

She met and married Kenneth Collings in 1933 and they were married for 42 years until his death in 1981.

Norma loved poetry and often collected quotations of some of her favorite authors and national leaders. She was a staunch supporter of education and encouraged her children to go to college - a privilege that neither she nor Kenneth ever had the opportunity to enjoy. They both fervently believed in higher education's power to transform lives.

Norma loved to play golf and collect antiques - especially antique dolls. Anyone who knew her well realized she had a real gift for reading handwriting and often was asked to entertain at parties or consult with employers who sent her the writing of prospective employees. She was a loyal fan of the Indiana Hoosier Basketball team and never missed a game on television. One of Norma's best attributes was that she never stopped learning. She had a real passion for new ideas and new ways of thinking.

Until she was unable to do so, she attended Madison Park Church of God.

She is survived by her son, William Collings and wife, Valerie of Greensburg and daughters, Kay Sandifer and husband, Jim of Carmel, Rebecca Jean Downey and husband Mike of El Paso, Texas, and Jayne Lutze and husband, Ralph of Anderson. Norma is survived by eleven grandchildren, David Collings, Clayton Collings, Lindsay Collings, Laura Modica, Jennifer Sturges, William Robbins, Edward Sandifer, Susanna Sandifer, Carey Gribben, Jason Smith, Kenny Layne and six great grandchildren, Betsy Sandifer, Jack Sandifer, Martin Collings, Kevin Collings, Alexis Layne and William Layne.

The family would like to thank the Summer Trace at Manor Care in Carmel for all their care.

Visitation will be held at Robert D. Loose Funeral Homes & Crematory , Anderson, Indiana from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Monday, November 19, 2012. Services will be at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, November 19, 2012 in the funeral home with Jim Lyon officiating. Burial will take place in Anderson Memorial Park Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Salvation Army.

Funeral Home

Loose Funeral Homes & Crematory
200 West 53rd Street Anderson, IN 46013
(765) 649-5255

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on Nov. 16, 2012