Norma Jeanne Phipps
November 9, 1929 – April 8, 2019
Norma Jeanne completed the family on November 9, 1929 as the fifth child when she was born to A. T. and Eva Beazley in the tiny farming community of Rayland, Texas. She met a young preacher boy, Charles Phipps, at a revival in Rayland whom she married in 1949. They worked during the week and travelled sometimes 100 miles each weekend to various preaching engagements. In 1957, they became a military couple and soon a family when they welcomed the birth of their daughter. The U.S. Army took them to Germany for four years before eventually settling in Pasadena in 1962.
On April 8, 2019 Norma met Jesus face-to-face and was welcomed into her heavenly home where she walked through the gates free of pain and without any assistance, what a glorious site to behold.
Following their move to Pasadena, Norma worked at General Electric Company, Reed Tool and ended her career volunteering at a hospice organization while also working in her church’s office. It was difficult for her to make the decision to end her career, but her physical limitations dictated the necessity. She always wanted to be able to do more physically than her body would allow.
She was an active and faithful member at South Main Baptist Church of Pasadena for over 30 years. She loved her church and her pastor. She enjoyed her Sunday School department (the Mavericks), singing in the senior choir and attending the monthly JOY meetings. Even when it was difficult and painful for her to walk, she always insisted on walking well down the aisle to get to “her spot” on the 8th row in the center section in the sanctuary on Sunday mornings.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles, and sons, James Thomas and Donnie. She is survived by her daughter, Ann, and her husband Ronald and grandchildren, Matt Deaton and James Deaton and wife Kady and her precious great granddaughter McKinley.
Her greatest joy in life was being with her family and serving God. Norma was a godly woman, wife, mom and granny, always displaying His love and guidance in her life. To her family, she gifted a wonderful legacy and tremendous testimony, always leading by example. Her prayers, guidance and unfailing, unconditional love will forever be in the hearts of Ann, Ronald, Matt, James and Kady.
Visitation will be Thursday, April 11, from 5:00 – 8:00 at Grandview Funeral Home, 8501 Spencer Highway, Pasadena, TX 77505. Funeral services will be held at Grandview Funeral Home at 10:30 on Friday, April 12, burial will be at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery in Houston immediately following the service.
- Family Will Receive Friends Thursday, April 11, 2019
- Celebration of Life Friday, April 12, 2019
- Committal Service Friday, April 12, 2019