Norma Dean

November 10, 1927October 10, 2020

Norma Rose Thompson Dean died in Little Rock, Arkansas of complications due to Covid-19 on October 10, 2020, at the age of 92. She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Royce Melvin Dean; her mother and father, Letha May Abram Thompson and Charles Webster Thompson; three sisters and their spouses, Lillian Virginia Thompson Robinson (Bill), Wilma Maxine Thompson Harden (Cecil), Olive Vanita Thompson Tedesco (Victor), and a brother and his spouse, Ray Edward Thompson (Geneva).

She is survived by her son David M. Dean, M.D. (R. Renay Dean) of Little Rock, Arkansas; two granddaughters, Jessica Leigh Dean Rutherford (Blake Spencer Rutherford) of Washington, DC, and Rachael Dean Wilson (Eric James Wilson) of Alexandria, Virginia; a great granddaughter, Winifred Adeline Wilson of Alexandria, Virginia; and several nieces and nephews.

Norma was born on November 10, 1927 in Crossett, Arkansas. Her family moved to El Dorado, Arkansas when she was very young and she lived most of her life there until moving to Little Rock in 2015 to be closer to her son. Norma and Royce were married in El Dorado on August 29, 1948. She worked as a secretary for Lion Oil early in her career and then as a bookkeeper for Evers, Cox & Gober for 32 years.

Norma’s greatest loves were her husband, son, granddaughters, and the First United Methodist Church of El Dorado. She took great pride in the town of El Dorado and in South Arkansas. She served for a time as the president of the United Methodist Women, Camden District, and was also very active in the Interfaith Help Services of Union County. She loved music and dancing, and sweets of any kind.

A special thank you goes to Norma’s niece, Gayle Burbank (Doug), for the time, effort, and lifetime support she gave to Norma and her family, especially in the last few years of Norma’s life. You are very much appreciated. The family would also like to thank Ebony Coats and Tiffany Gilbert of The Village at Valley Ranch who gave Norma outstanding love and care in the final years of her battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

A private, graveside service will be held at Arlington Memorial Park under the direction of Young’s Funeral Directors.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 201 South Hill Street, El Dorado, Arkansas 71730 or to Interfaith Help Services, 512 Champagnolle Road, El Dorado, Arkansas, 71730.

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Heather Row

October 12, 2020

David, Renay and family, I am so glad I got the chance to meet your mother. I could always tell what a beautiful heart she had and a genuine love of her family. God’s blessings to you all.

john mallory

October 12, 2020

David, Renay, Jessica , Rachael,

Brenda and I were saddened to learn your loss. Your mother was a kind sweet lady and gracious in every way. Her love and devotion to you all was limitless. May the peace of Christ sustain you at this time of sorrow.

John and Brenda Mallory

Judy Goodwin

October 12, 2020

Norma was a very special and dear friend to my parents, Bruce and Hilda Nelson. To me she was like an Aunt. I was closer to her than any of my own Aunts. I never saw her mad or angry, she was always smiling. She was such a sweet person with a big heart. David, you and your family are in our prayers.

Rebecca & Bert Pranter

October 12, 2020

Bert and I are so sad to hear of Norma's passing. Both she and Royce were like family to us and were such dear and special friends of my parents. We have such fond memories of her and Royce.

Norma was a sweet and kind person with unwavering devotion to her family, friends, her faith, and the First Methodist Church. She will be greatly missed.

David and Renay, our condolences go to you and all of your family.

Tiffany Gilbert

October 12, 2020

I would like to say thank you to the family for sharing Norma with me and allowing me to help take care of her. Coming into work everyday an seeing her smile made my day ,she will be truly miss

Bryan Rogers

October 12, 2020

My deepest condolences She was a dear friend of my parents and a very sweet lady who will be missed


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