Burcham Tobias Funeral Home

119 East Main Street, Fairborn, OH


Norma May Jones

June 12, 1941November 30, 2019

Norma Jones, 78 of Fairborn, passed away peacefully at home. One of her favorite songs, “Forever and Ever, Amen” by Randy Travis was playing. She joined her husband William Jones, son James Charles Lester Jr., daughter Wendy Lester and former spouse and father to her children James Charles Lester Sr. in heaven. Norma is survived by her children, Angela Burcham, Ronnie Lester and Jerry Lester, brother Russ Smith, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A Celebration of Life will follow at a later date.

Norma was one of a kind. She is often described as “feisty.” That is such an understatement. She was a force of nature. The perfect mix of grace and grit. She was a beautiful woman and loved to shop and dress accordingly. She always smelled like White Diamonds and she had more shoes than any one person should rightfully have. She was a straight shooter and would not hesitate to voice her opinion, loudly and without restraint at times. She suffered no fools and was always ready to set someone straight. She never hesitated to stand up for the underdog.

She was tough as nails, but would tear up at SPCA commercials. She was a dog person and spared no expense to spoil her babies. She was fiercely protective and devoted to her family. She wasn’t a big hugger, but she had a way of letting you know she loved you without saying a word. Her door was always open and her table always set. Her family broke blood bonds. So many have called her grandma over the years and she claimed them all. Her home was a safe haven to so many. She loved hosting holiday dinners. She was a great cook and a prolific baker. Her kitchen would be overflowing with cookies and candy come Christmas. Her buckeyes would always run out first. She enjoyed housework and her home was always immaculate. She spent her mornings tending her yard and it was neat as a pin. She drove a car once and never again, yet she was always on the go.

Norma and Bill spent their winters on the beach in Florida. They returned home with golden tans and tons of treats. They loved their grandchildren beyond measure. They would take them on quests for the best ice-cream and choicest buffets that often took them over state lines. These journeys were always sound tracked with old country music. When they weren’t tooling around country roads, she enjoyed socializing at the American Legion, Loyal Order of Moose, VFW and Fraternal Order of Eagles. She never missed a Euchre tournament. She was known for her spaghetti dinners at the Moose. She loved going on bowling tournaments with her girlfriends. Valley Street Bingo was her home away from home. She rarely won, but she always came home rich with gossip. She loved to dish over a cup of coffee with a splash of Baileys.

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Susie Anderson

December 6, 2019

When I was much younger I remember Norma's home always being full of family & friends. She was an especially happy woman who enjoyed catering to her children. She was loved by many and will always be missed.
I send prayers that our Lord give her family comfort.