Kiowa-Norma Jean Short was born on March 20, 1929 in Byron, Oklahoma. She passed from this life on March 19, 2015 in Wichita, Kansas. She lacked thirteen minutes of making it to her 86th birthday. She was born in Byron, Oklahoma to Cecil and Mary Clark Greenwood. She was next to the youngest of five children. Her siblings were Coleta, Doris, Jack and Jim. She graduated from Byron High School and worked as a waitress, first in Cherokee and later in Kiowa. She met Neil Short in Kiowa and they were married on January 27, 1952. They mainly in Kiowa until Neil passed in 2009. Norma was a member of First Christian Church of Kiowa. She loved for her family to come visit at which time she always cooked a large meal. She was a wonderful cook and one of her specialties was carrot cake. If she was going to a potluck dinner, most everyone wanted her to bring her carrot cake. Her main hobby was working jigsaw puzzles. Those who visited saw that she always had one out to work on. She loved going to Branson to see The Presleys and to shop, especially for clothes and shoes. She also loved Boston Terriers. If one died, it was only a week or two until she had another one. Many in Kiowa have helped look for one of her dogs when they got out of the yard.
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Norma was preceded in death by her husband, Neil Short; a granddaughter, Tammy Potter; her parents, Cecil and Mary Greenwood; her brother, Jack Greenwood; her sisters, Coleta Hein and Doris Healan.
She is survived by her daughter, Linda and Jerry Potter of Clearwater; granddaughter, Kristie and Jon Ellis of Charlotte, North Carolina; grandson, Clayton and Katie Potter of Wichita; eight great grandchildren; five great great grandchildren; one brother, Jim Greenwood of Kiowa and numerous nieces and nephews.
Norma’s funeral service will be Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at First Christian Church in Kiowa with Pastor Gib Clark officiating. Burial will be in Hardtner-Elwood Cemetery with arrangements by Lanman Funeral Home, Inc. of Kiowa. Viewing will be Monday 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
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