NORMA WOOLSEY(1939 - 2014)

NORMA WOOLSEY McALLEN - Norma Woolsey died peacefully in her sleep at her residence on Friday, February 7th, 2014. Norma was born on February 17th, 1939 in Mission Tx. and was preceded in death by her parents Valentin de la Garza and Enriqueta Pena. After the early death of her mother, she was raised in Mission by her aunt Maria de la Garza who also preceded her in death. She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Tom Woolsey of McAllen, her sons Alex (Sarah) Woolsey of Seguin, R.T. Woolsey of Amarillo, and daughter Adriana(Alex) Muro of McAllen. Norma is also survived by her 7 grandchildren, Ally Muro, Alexander Muro, Alainey Muro, Elizabeth Woolsey, Jennifer (Clint) Duckworth, Ted Woolsey, Georgia Woolsey and 1 great-granddaughter Lucy Gayle Duckworth. Norma is also survived by her sister-in-law, Wanda Hodge, brothers Valentin de la Garza, Fernando de la Garza, Noelia Antelo and Thelma Benison. Norma is also survived by extended family Cayetano(Yolanda) Barrera, Tula (Bob) Sanchez and Aida(Gilbert) Torres, and their families. Norma was raised in Mission and she was always active in her school and community. She graduated from Mission High School in 1957. While at Mission High School she served as a member of the Choir, Y-teens, Pan American Club, FHA, Yearbook Staff, Junior and Senior Play, Head Cheerleader and Basketball Co-Captain. Norma then graduated from Pan American College in 1960 with a B.A. in Education. During her College life, Norma was also very active in various organizations such as Choir, Cheerleading, and Reporter for Almas de Las Americas. She was also honored as Pan American Bronco Queen in 1959. Norma was very beautiful. As an educator Norma held various Certifications in Elementary Ed, Special Ed, Bilingual Ed, Kindergarten and Early Childhood. She worked with Mission ISD and McAllen ISD from 1960 until 1972. After working as a Specialist with Early Childhood and Migrant Programs from 1972-1979, she returned to the McAllen ISD in 1979 where she was a Parental Involvement Coordinator until she retired. Norma always gave back to her community and served as a volunteer in many organizations where she made countless friends who will miss her dearly. She served as President of The University of Texas-Pan American International Women's Board and IMAS Museum Guild as a member and long-time President. She was also serving as President Elect of Pan American Round Table. For years she was a member of Child Study Club and a very active volunteer for Palmer Drug Abuse Program in McAllen. Visitation will be held at Kreidler Funeral Home on Monday February 10th from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. The funeral service will be held Tuesday February 11th at First United Methodist Church at 10:00 AM. The inurnment service will be held at 1:00 PM, Wednesday, February 12, 2014, at Roselawn Cemetery. Sign the guest book at

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Kreidler Funeral Home
314 North 10th Street McAllen, TX 78501
(956) 686-0234

Published in The Monitor on Feb. 10, 2014