Norma Grace Beckemeier, a resident of The Baptist Home in Ozark, Missouri, went home to be with the Lord on March 31, 2020. On June 23, 1937, she was born in rural Silex, Mo to Russell and Irene Pearl McDonald, on their farm. She married DeWayne Ray Beckemeier on May 29, 1965.
Before she married, her teaching career began in Bowling Green, MO. After 30 years, she retired from teaching while at O’Neal Elementary School in Poplar Bluff, MO, where she spent her last 18 years teaching 3rd grade. She was an active member of First Baptist Church of Poplar Bluff, MO where she took on many roles such as Sunday school teacher, member of the choir, Bible drill leader and sewed many quilts for the Missouri Baptist Children’s Home.
After moving to Springfield on May 7, 1999, Norma became an active member of South Gate Baptist Church. She served as Children’s Sunday School Director, member of the senior choir, and taught Sunday school class. Norma was an avid flower gardener. After an evening meal, Norma would go outside to look at her flowers and pick the weeds she may have missed from the hours she spent, scooting around the yard on her mat, removing weeds earlier in the day. She meticulously pruned each plant so it could look its best. During highschool, Norma was a member of the basketball team. This experience sparked a lifelong love of basketball. She and DeWayne avidly attended Raider basketball games in Poplar Bluff, MO. After moving to Springfield, she followed both men and women’s college basketball, but had a particular love of the Lady Bears. Norma always took care of her family and friends. She will be greatly missed by all. Her kind spirit was infectious, never ending and will be with us always.
Norma was preceded in death by her parents, Russell and Irene Pearl McDonald and one sister, Edith Maurine Momphard.
Survivors include DeWayne Beckemeier, her husband of nearly 55 years, two daughters and sons-in-law, Tawn (Lynn) Dickison of Springfield, MO and Leigh (Rick) Jennings of Sparta, MO, two grandchildren, Tucker Jennings of Colorado Springs, CO and Brett Jennings of New Haven, Connecticut. Other survivors include her brother, J.R. McDonald and wife Marilyn of Silex, MO and one sister, Reta Pearl McDonald of Jefferson City, MO. No services were held due to the COVID-19 pandemic.