Norma Jean Chandler
May 3, 1931 – March 12, 2019
Norma Jean Chandler, 87, of Bartonville, passed away peacefully with her daughter Leeann by her side Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 5:30 a.m. at Heddington Oaks in West Peoria. She was born May 3, 1931, in Peoria, IL to Olin Wesley Norris and Jane Opal (Darrah) Norris. She married Rolland "Dale" Chandler on December 29th, 1947 in Lewiston, IL. Norma and her husband owned and operated Dale's Market in Peoria, IL for 20 years. Prior to her husband's death in 1992 they enjoyed many summers fishing in Akeley, MN and their winters (more fishing) in Okeechobee, FL. They always opened their doors to numerous family & friends. Norma was an avid reader with always a book by her side. She spent many years bowling belonging to numerous leagues. She was everyone's "Grandma". Letting anyone and everyone call her that term of endearment as she was very proud of this title. She was always the life of the party, loved socializing, always laughing, always positive. Most of all, she adored and treasured her family, who treasured her right back. When once asked what her secret was to a long lasting relationship, she simply stated "laughter". She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Rolland of 45 years and one brother Delbert Norris. She is survived by one sister, Beverly McIntyre of Canton, IL, five children - Dale Chandler (Kathryn) of Charleston, SC - Vickie French (Tom) of Okeechobee, FL - Patti Mattingly (Bud) of Greenville, TN - Robert Chandler (Pat) of Peoria, IL and Leeann Chandler of Peoria, IL. Six grandchildren - Jennifer Stegen (Bill) of Evanston, IL - Amy Arndt of New Smyrna Beach, FL - Carrie "Jerry" Jack (Steven) of Oswego, IL - Julee Kohl (Brian) of East Peoria, IL - Jade Gibbs (Donald) of Springfield, IL - Adam Mattingly (Andrea) of Normal, IL. One step granddaughter - Jayme Field (Matt) of Fort Walton Beach, FL. 14 Great-grandchildren and 3 step Great-grandchildren. Plus countless friends and extended family. The family would like to thank the residents and staff of Heddington Oaks for the love and quality of care she received. She easily made numerous friends since her arrival in October 2018. She truly felt she was within a community and considered this her home in her final days. Funeral services will be Friday, March 15, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. at the Davison-Fulton Bartonville Chapel. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. till time of services at 11:30 a.m. on Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in St. John Lutheran Church Cemetery in Bartonville. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. You may view Norma’s obituary online at www.davison-fultonbartonvillechapel.com
- Olin Wesley Norris, Father
- Jane Opal (Darrah) Norris, Mother
- Rolland "Dale" Chandler, Husband of 45 years
- Dale (Kathryn) Chandler, Son
- Vickie (Tom) French, Daughter
- Patti (Bud) Mattingly, Daughter
- Robert (Pat) Chandler, Son
- Leeann Chandler, Daughter
- Jennifer (Bill) Stegen, Grandchild
- Amy Arndt, Grandchild
- Carrie "Jerry" (Steven) Jack, Grandchild
- Julee (Brian) Kohl, Grandchild
- Jade (Donald) Gibbs, Grandchild
- Adam (Andrea) Mattingly, Grandchild
- Jayme (Matt) Field, Step-granddaughter
- Delbert Norris, Brother
- Beverly McIntyre, Sister
- Norma Jean is survived by 14 great-grandchildren; 3 step great-grandchildren; and countless friends and extended family. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and her brother Delbert.
- American Cancer Society
- Visitation Friday, March 15, 2019
- Funeral Service Friday, March 15, 2019
Norma Jean Chandler
March 21, 2019
To Norma's family and friends, I send my deepest sympathies for your loss. I worked for Norma & Dale at their store for 4 years as a part time job. I loved them both as my own family. I will always remember Norma always always had a smile on her face. My heart aches for you all. She was a wonderful lady and I will always remember her and Dale.
Karleen (Smith) Heinz
March 16, 2019
So sorry for your loss, Prayers!!!
March 13, 2019
Grandma, you will be missed by so many people every day that you are no longer with us. Your love and laughter filled every room you entered. The world will be a less joyful place without you in it. Thank you for taking me into your family. I will be forever grateful to have been able to call you Grandma.
Wishing I could have one of your hugs right now and with all my love,