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Gladys  E.  Norman
     Gladys E. "Bea" Norman, 71, passed away Feb. 7. She was born to Ivan and Wilma (Schaal) Smelker Feb. 14, 1941 in a sod home in Bethune, Colo.
     Gladys graduated from Stratton Colorado High School in 1959. Gladys met Harry Norman, in Stratton, Colo. and they were united in marriage for 53 years.
     They settled in North Platte and raised four children. Gladys then attended Mid Plains Community College, graduating in 1985 with a degree in accounting.
     After her graduation she went to work for Lutheran Family Services for many years.
     She is survived by her husband; three daughters, Diana (Todd) Petersen of Denver, Colo., Trina (Eric) Mooneyham of Albuquerque, N.M. and Rhonda (James) Bopp of Lincoln; one son, Steve (Teresa) Norman of North Platte; six granddaughters, Sarah (Sean) Hull, Carey Petersen, Alanna Petersen, Natalie (Matt) Schneider, Mariah Bopp and Anah Bopp; five grandsons, Matthew (Angela) Petersen, Ryan Hill, Noah Hill, Greggory Norman and Grant Norman; three great grandchildren, Alexander and Abbigail Hull and great grandbaby Schneider, two brothers, Doyle (Chris) Smelker, Charles (Marilyn) Smelker; one sister, Delores (Leroy) Rehor; and three sister-in-laws, Lela Smelker, Ardith Sexson, and Marilyn Jones.
     Gladys was preceded in death by her parents; her mother-in-law, Ora Norman; a brother Gerry Smelker and a great grandson, Nolan Petersen.
     Memorials are suggested to The American Heart Association or The American Cancer Research.
     Funeral services were at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at Carpenter Memorial Chapel with Dr. Douglas A. Delp officiating. Burial was at Ft. McPherson National Cemetery. Carpenter Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
First published in The North Platte Bulletin print edition on 2/13/2013
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