Norma Pousson Pettijohn
November 11, 1927 – January 2, 2019
The family of Norma Pettijohn will celebrate her life and legacy of 91 years at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Sulphur, Louisiana. Norma went to her eternal reward in heaven on January 2, 2019 at 10:55pm in an assisted care facility. Her funeral Mass will be on Monday, January 7, at 2:30pm at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Maplewood. Father Aubrey Guilbeau will officiate the ceremony. Visitation will be 5-8pm on Sunday, January 6, with the rosary at 6pm in the funeral home. Burial will be at Mimosa Pines Cemetery in Carlyss.
Norma was born in Iota, Louisiana, November 11, 1927, the fifth child to Pierre and Lydia B. Pousson. She attended and graduated from St. Francis Catholic School. While she was employed at Cities Service, she met and later married her husband, Billy, in 1952. They were a devoted couple for 26 amazing years before his untimely death.
While her six children were very young, Norma enrolled in the Vincent School of Business, and upon graduation, she began her career at Firestone and retired as Administrator of Payroll, in 1982. Norma was a competitive woman who loved basketball and golf. She played on an All-Star team and was also Co-captain on the Cities Service Basketball team. Norma was keen to fashion and delved into modeling where she appeared in advertisements for GE Gold Medallion homes. Upon retiring, she volunteered at Big Brothers/Big Sisters after seeing the success of the program with some of her own grandchildren.
Norma Jean, as she was affectionately called, loved gardening, music, dancing, games, cooking, traveling internationally and domestically, sewing and painting. She was an amazing woman who loved people and opened her home often to host friends, families and even strangers. She was very active at Immaculate Conception being a Eucharistic minister, an active member of the Catholic Daughters and a faithful member of the church choir until she was 80. Norma thoroughly enjoyed being a member of the Silver Singers group as well as the Phi Sigma Alpha sorority.
Norma leaves behind six children to carry on her legacy of strength, resilience, joy, and hospitality, as well as her love for family, God, music, humor and her rich Cajun culture. Her children are Lydia Pettijohn of Mobile, Alabama; Paul Pettijohn of Moran, Kansas; Ralph Pettijohn and wife Sharon of Ruston, Louisiana; Cathy Erickson of Wichita, Kansas; Ellen Stephens and husband James of Sulphur, Louisiana; and Suzanne Shipley and husband David of Birmingham, Alabama. She is also survived by seventeen adoring grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren. Her surviving siblings are Leonard Pousson of Lake Charles and Barbara Ogea and husband James also of Lake Charles.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Pierre and Lydia Pousson, her husband, Billy G. Pettijohn, and her siblings, Verda Baldassari, Milfred Pousson, Lubert Pousson, Harris Pousson, and Cornelia Watson.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to Our Lady's Catholic School Gymnasium Fund in Sulphur.
Special thanks to the caregivers at Stonebridge Assisted Living in Sulphur who lovingly doted on Norma the past ten years and were such an amazing support system for our family. Words will never express how deeply we appreciate the sitters who watched Mom 24 hours a day for the past ten months. Her life was enriched by your presence and care.
- Lydia Pettijohn, Daughter
- Paul Pettijohn, Son
- Ralph Pettijohn and wife Sharon, Son
- Cathy Erickson, Daughter
- Ellen Stephens and husband James, Daughter
- Suzanne Shipley and husband David, Daughter
- Leonard Pousson, Brother
- Barbara Ogea and husband James, Sister
- Billy G. Pettijohn, Husband
- Pierre and Lydia Pousson, Parents
- Verda Baldassari, Sister
- Milfred Pousson, Brother
- Lubert Pousson, Brother
- Harris Pousson, Brother
- Cornelia Watson, Sister
- also left to cherish her memory are seventeen adoring grandchildren, and sixteen great-grandchildren.
- Our Lady's Catholic School Gymnasium Fund
- Visitation Sunday, January 6, 2019
- Rosary Sunday, January 6, 2019
- Mass of Christian Burial Monday, January 7, 2019
Norma Pousson Pettijohn
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January 14, 2019
When Aunt Norma first went to live at Stonebridge, I visited her often, and it was never hard to find her.
Every morning, she would get up early, get dressed, and go down to sit in her favorite seat across from the front door.
She said she sat there so that she "would not miss anything." It was ground zero to her. She was the Queen of Hospitality at Stonebridge, and never met a stranger.
She had a way of seeing the humor in every situation, and she could make you laugh with her silly songs. The fact that the child inside her stayed active and engaged is the reason everyone flocked around her, especially actual children.
They found their buddy, their partner in crime, and their Mary Poppins in her. She was always up for an adventure.
Aunt Norma was one-of-a-kind, and I think about her every day, and I always will. RIP Norma Jean
January 9, 2019
January 7, 2019
Mrs. Norma Jean was my first landlady. I rented her efficiency appartment for a while. She always watched out for me. I remember playing board games & drinking coffee with her. She was always up to something. She was just like my grandma. Such a sweet lady. Thankful for our fond memories.
January 5, 2019
Grant rest eternal to your servant Norma O Lord, let light perpetual shine upon her and fill all who knew her, who love, and will miss her with your peace and grace. May they find comfort in their memories.
January 4, 2019
With a heavy heart, I read of your Mother's passing. She will always be a part of my childhood memories. Fondly I remember her graciousness and friendship to my parents. I always admired her beauty and her strength. I am so sorry for all of you, I know you must suffer. Her spirit soars now and what a joyful reunion she must be having with Billy. Prayers for all.
Margaret Clement Prater
January 4, 2019
My mother Marjorie Richardson worked at Firestone and she spoke of Norma at times. Mother respected Norma and spoke highly of her, they where friends from work.
January 4, 2019
Dear Pettijohn Family;
I have so many wonderful memories of times shared with your Mom. She was always so much fun and I loved her sense of humor. Looking at the photos you posted just make me smile. Mom and I send our love and prayers to all of you.
Michelle Broussard Honick
January 4, 2019
Norma Pettijohn always has been a great friend to my mom who, with tears, wishes her Godspeed. They shared a birthday and a first name, though my mom uses Jolene instead of Norma, and they had so much fun together. And all the Pettijohn “kids” have been lifelong friends to our family’s “ kids.” Our families will always be connected and we’ll always remember your vibrant, funny, positive and beautiful mom with a lot of love. Prayers and love to all of the Pettijohn family. ✝️🙏❤️