OBITUARY

Norma Adalyn Harris

January 25, 1937August 28, 2018
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Norma Adalyn Harris, age 81, of Fairborn, passed away on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at Hospice of Dayton while surrounded by her loving family. Norma was born the daughter of Elijah Fred and Nanny (McMillan) Carnes on January 25, 1937 in Kosciusko, Mississippi. She was preceded in death by her husband, T-SGT. Olin C. Harris, her parents, sisters Mary Leola Wall, Martha Spain, Marguerite Gray, Ruth McMillan, Betty Packard, and one infant sister; brother William “Bud” Carnes, two grandchildren, Lori Harris and Bradley Harris Minton. Norma is survived by two sons, Tom (Denise) Harris of Fairborn and Gene (Jan) Harris of Huber Heights, daughter Patsy (Terry) Minton of Fairborn, grandchildren Darren (Della) and their child Sofia; Jason (Tiffany) and their two children Camryn and Addison; Jenna (Spencer), Jon, Jared (Amanda) and their two children Cole and Carter; and Joel. Norma was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. She will be missed by all of those who loved her. Norma volunteered as a missionary in the Philippines while her husband was stationed at Clark AFB. During that time she became fluent in the native language (Tagalog) which helped her to pass along God’s word. After returning to the U.S., Norma volunteered as a caseworker for the American Red Cross. Most notably she was the chief disaster caseworker after the Xenia tornado in 1974. It was because of this effort that Norma was honored by the Red Cross with the Clara Barton Award, the highest award bestowed for volunteer leadership. After the fall of Saigon, Norma assisted with the refugee efforts in Fort Indian Town Gap, Pennsylvania. Also during her time with the Red Cross she assisted with several hurricane relief efforts in the Caribbean. Some of Norma’s most fulfilling Red Cross hours took place helping the students at the Fairborn Primary and Baker Middle School Clinics. Norma was a prayer warrior & her family was her number one priority. She was a long time member of the First Baptist Church of Fairborn where, even through her sickness, she was active with the church prayer chain. Through all of her efforts, Norma’s number one goal was to make sure her family and friends had a relationship with her Lord & Savior Jesus Christ. Friends may call on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at Burcham Tobias Funeral Home 119 E. Main St. Fairborn, Ohio from 5PM – 7PM. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at the First Baptist Church of Fairborn 1167 Highview Dr. Fairborn, Ohio 45324 at 11AM. Interment will be on Thursday, September 6, 2018 at Evergreen Cemetery in Parkersburg, West Virginia at 12PM. Memorial contributions may be made to the Red Cross. Online condolences may be left at www.BurchamTobiasFuneralHome.com

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, September 4, 2018
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, September 5, 2018
REMEMBERING

Norma Adalyn Harris

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Robin Keller-Seeley

August 31, 2018

May You Rest In The Arms Of Our Lord, As You Let So Many People Here On Earth Rest In Yours. May You Be Greeted By Friends And Family, As You Greeted All Of Us Here, With Open Arms. May Your Smile Brighten Heaven, As It Did Here, Everytime You Walked Into A Room. May You Laugh And Dance In Heaven Knowing What A Huge Difference You Made In All The Lives You Touched Of Us Left Behind. May We Meet Again Some Sweet Day, I Love You And Am Thankful To Have Felt And Been Given The Love You Shared For Your Fellow Man, You Fly High Precious Norma Harris, I Am Sure You Are Highly Favored 😇

Phyllis SHOENLEBEN

August 31, 2018

Norma has been a 30 yr long, friend and sister in Christ, Norma had a great sense of Humor, wonderful knowledge of the Word of God and shared with everyone and the most positive person I have ever known. Norma will be greatly be missed . Norma Loved her Lord and longed for the day to go and be with Jesus and her family. That victory has come and she is now rejoicing with Jesus. I love you my friend and I pray for the family during this time.

Debbie Wheeler

August 30, 2018

Our family had the pleasure of knowing Norma since our move to Fairborn over 50 years ago. She was always very kind and quick witted and such a wonderful cook. No one was more devoted to her family and friends than Norma was. She will be sorely missed.

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