Norma Jean Stroud
August 5, 1933 – December 17, 2018
Norma Jean (Fain) Stroud left this earth for her heavenly home on Monday, December 17, 2018 after living a full life filled with family and good friends. Born August 5, 1933 in Fort Worth, Texas to Alice Haver Fain and William Hassell Fain, the Fain family moved to Houston when Norma was a small child. Norma had two younger brothers, Bill and Pat. She considered herself a 100% Houstonian and lived most of her life in the Heights area where she was surrounded by many extended family who lived only a short distance away. Norma’s cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents all lived nearby and if she wasn’t at her home, she was probably at one of theirs. It was a wonderful time. Norma attended Browning Elementary School, Hogg Junior High and Reagan High School, making many friends along the way. From slumber parties to the neighborhood tennis group, to St. Marks youth group activities, Norma loved being active in the neighborhood. Norma accepted Christ as her personal Savior as a teenager and she openly shared her faith throughout her life, as well as helping others. She was a very talented pianist. As a child, she learned how to play and continued throughout her life, passing her musical legacy on to her children and grandchildren. After graduating Reagan High School, Norma Jean went to work and saved her money in order to attend Baylor University. After attending Baylor for a short time, Norma ultimately graduated from the University of Houston. After earning her degree, Norma began working at Hughes Tool Company. In 1957, Norma met Richard Stroud on a blind date and they married a short time later. They moved to the suburbs and had three children, Michael, Susan and Michele. Norma then began her new career as a mother and homemaker. Norma Jean started a new phase of life when the kids were teenagers. She began working at the University of Houston and later at Texaco and she returned to her “home”: the Heights. When Texaco went through some reorganizing Norma was offered a position with the new venture, Star Enterprise. Norma worked at Star until retiring in 1999. Throughout the years, Norma took on many other jobs such as: assisting with various church related responsibilities and teaching Sunday school, volunteering in various areas at the kid’s schools, managing the family storage business. She helped w/community improvement projects, and enjoyed volunteering at the local hospital. In more recent years, she loved to help at the mission store at Houston’s First Baptist Church, which was her home church for over 30 years. Norma loved to spend time with family, and when she became a grandma, she couldn’t have been more thrilled. Oh, how she loved her grandbabies!! Norma Jean loved and cherished her grandchildren, Hannah, Tara, Ethan and Adam. Norma was always happy to handle a last minute carpool emergency or babysitting need. She loved spending time with the kids in her beautiful shady backyard on Waltway Drive in Timbergrove Manor. Throughout the years, there were many, many family celebrations at her house on Waltway Drive. Christmases, Thanksgivings, graduations, birthdays, baby showers, retirement parties. Norma’s house was also home to various family members throughout the years as well. Norma would never turn anyone away if they were in need. Norma had a very humble and giving spirit and was always kind, gracious, and loving. Norma Jean leaves behind her three children, Mike Stroud, Susan Stroud (and husband Sam) and Michele Rodriguez (and husband Ernest), her grandchildren Hannah Laamoumi, Tara Bagwell (and husband Nick), Ethan Rodriguez, Adam Laamoumi, brothers Bill Fain and Pat Fain, (his wife Gayle), numerous nieces, nephews and cousins and many cherished friends.. Norma Jean was the best mother and friend and will be dearly missed by all who knew her, but we are at peace knowing she is with her Savior, Jesus.
- Susan Stroud, Daughter
- Michele Rodriguez, Daughter
- Mike Stroud, Son
- Patrick Fain, Brother
- William Fain, Brother
- Four Grandchildren
- Visitation Saturday, December 22, 2018
- Funeral Service Saturday, December 22, 2018
- Committal Service Saturday, December 22, 2018
Norma Jean Stroud
December 25, 2018
I am so sorry to hear about Norma's passing. I worked with her at Star Enterprise. She was always so kind to me. Our paths crossed again after retirement when I found out she was best friends with my best friend Margie Thomas, and saw her at Margie's house occasionally. Those were good times. You are all in my prayers.