Norma Lee Irwin

August 4, 1925February 15, 2021

Norma L Dudley Irwin, 95, passed away peacefully on February 15, 2021. Norma was born August 4, 1925 in Parsons, Kansas to Allen P Dudley and Mabel E Stewart Dudley. Norma met William “Bill” Irwin, Jr. ,while attending classes at Kansas University, and married November 27, 1946. Three children were born to them, Cheryll “Cheri” Irwin Boydston, Richard “Dick”Irwin and Robert “Bob” Irwin. Norma graduated from Washburn University in Topeka, KS with a degree in Music Education. Bill’s career in the Air Force caused them to move around a lot and the family ended up living in several states: Kansas, California, Colorado, Oklahoma , and Missouri. Norma’s friends and family remember her as a kind, gentle, patient, inspirational and happy lady who always had a smile on her face. Norma loved gardening, reading , playing games, singing in church choir, singing with her Sweet Adelines choruses, camping, traveling and many other activities. She always said keeping herself busy kept her young. She was an active and dedicated member of the North Cross United Methodist Church. She loved her last job as a traveling lunch lady in the North Kansas City School District and happily worked until the age of 93.

Norma is preceded in death by her parents Allen and Mabel Dudley, her brother Don, her husband Bill, her son Dick, her grandson Matthew and her great grandson Alec.

Norma is survived by her daughter Cheri, her son Bob, her 7 grandchildren and her 12 great grandchildren.

A celebration of Norma’s long and wonderful life will be scheduled later in the Spring.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


Norma Lee Irwin

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Sarah Henderson

February 20, 2021

Norma♡ - Such an inspiration for us all.
If ever we feel that we can't, Norma's life experiences should
inspire us to-try-
and never quit.


February 20, 2021

Yes, Norma always had a smile on her face. What a kind, loving lady.
Norma, I'm glad our lives crossed and that you passed my way. What a ray of sunshine - you always perked me up with your smile. Love you...


Wendy Irwin

February 20, 2021

Grandma Norma was the sweetest, most forgiving woman I ever will know. She was and will always be my hero. Her voice will always be in my head and heart. I'm grateful for her amazing influence in my life.