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Norma Kathleen Daugherty Norma Kathleen Daugherty passed away after an extended illness shortly after sunrise on Monday, September 12, 2005. She was born December 14, 1923 in Lafayette, Indiana to Howard Raymond Peters and Genevieve June Peters. Norma graduated from Frankfort High School and attended Iowa State College. She wed John Robert Daugherty on August 30, 1946, at Centenary Christian Church in Indianapolis. In the years following, Norma brought three children into the world, Kathleen Michele, Susan Denise, and John Jacob. Sadly, Kathleen Michele succumbed to meningitis in 1958. The Daugherty's resided in Indiana until 1961 when they moved to the Dallas, Texas metropolitan area. By 1972 Norma's family had made its way down to McAllen, Texas where she and her spouse remained until 1998. The couple eventually owned and managed several Dairy Queens in the area until their retirement in the early '90s. Norma was diagnosed with lung cancer in 1993. She underwent successful surgery at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and then returned to her thankful family. Norma was an avid reader, accomplished musician, seamstress, formidable Scrabble player, and irrepressible wit. Her musical activities ranged from singing in the First Presbyterian Church choir to playing violin with the Valley Symphony Orchestra. We all appreciated Norma's quiet creativeness and intelligence, which influenced all her accomplishments and gave all who knew her much joy. One of her business career highlights as the bookkeeper for the family Dairy Queen business was in facing a random IRS audit. It finished in half the expected time with kudos from the auditing agent. Norma suffered a mild stroke in 1998 and she and her husband moved to the Austin area to be closer to their children, Susan and John Jacob. Over the next few years Norma's health stayed at a level that allowed her to enjoy most of the major family events. Norma and John became great grandparents thrice over during this period. Many holidays and birthdays were celebrated with four generations of family present. Special thanks go the staff of Loyalton of Austin, Heritage Duval Gardens, Accord Home Health Care, and Odyssey Healthcare of Austin. Norma was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Rosemary, and a daughter Kathleen. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, John; her brother, Kenneth Peters of Tyler and his family; her daughter, Susan Stephens of Laguna Park and family; and her son, John J. Daugherty of Cedar Park and family. Her cremains will be laid to rest at Central Texas State Veteran's Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center: http://www.mdanderson.org/

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Published in Austin American-Statesman on Jan. 31, 2010
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