Norma Jean DeOrnellas of Paris, Missouri | 1929 - 2020 | Obituary

Norma Jean DeOrnellas
Norma Jean DeOrnellas

June 03, 1929 - September 01, 2020

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Norma Jean DeOrnellas, 91 of Paris, MO passed away on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at the Monroe Manor Nursing home in Paris.

Ms. DeOrnellas was born June 3, 1929 in Howard, KS to Willis and Irene (Dowell) Putnam. Raised on a small farm near Florida, MO, she attended school at Casey College and Mexico High School. She worked as a secretary and was a member of the Harmony Baptist Church and as a ticket clerk at the Liberty Theatre in Mexico, MO.

She married Stephen William (Bill) DeOrnellas on January 12, 1947 in Hannibal, MO and moved to the family farm near Strother where they raised six children; Dallas DeOrnellas of Paris, MO, Larry (Skip) (Esther) DeOrnellas of Perry, MO, Ronnie DeOrnellas of Stoutsville, MO, Mike DeOrnellas of Stoutsville, MO, Sheryl (Gale) Wilkerson of Paris, MO and Shirley (Steve) Smith of Columbia, MO.

Fifteen grandchildren survive, Tammy Petre, Frisco, TX, Samuel (Norma) DeOrnellas, Brownsville, TX, Pamela (Mike Palmer) DeOrnellas, Rosebud, OR, Larry Dean DeOrnellas Jr., Paris, MO, Brent (Christina) DeOrnellas, China Springs, TX, Chad Deornellas, Justin (Kristy) DeOrnellas, Allan (Erin) DeOrnellas, all of Paris, MO, Kyle (Hope) DeOrnellas, Sarasota, FL, Amanda (Quest) Flesner, Hannibal, MO, Stephen DeOrnellas, of Paris, MO, Joni DeOrnellas, of Stoutsville, MO Christopher Wilkerson, Eric Wilkerson, both of Paris, MO and Jason (Brandie) Wilkerson of Holliday, MO.

Twelve Great grandchildren also survive, Adrain and Madalynn Petre, Dylan Jones, Olivia and Emma DeOrnellas, Nate and Ethan DeOrnellas, Marshall and Owen DeOrnellas, Emily DeOrnellas, Hazel Flesner, and Hudson Wilkerson, (who will arrive in October). Also, a special mention to Bella, the Ward children and the Callaway children.

She is also survived by three sisters, Betty Evans of Antioch, CA, Joyce Moore of Auxvasse, MO, and Kaye Knight of Mexico, MO and a host of nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her parents, husband and three half-brothers, Merl, Hershall and Border Putnam, three brothers, Wilbur, Orval, and Carlos Putnam, one half-sister Arietta Chapman, and one sister, Violet Sharp.

Helping to run the family farm, Ms. DeOrnellas also served as Secretary of the National Farmers Organization, was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary of Post #221 and a member of the Historical Society. She loved gardening, ceramics, sewing, cardinals, cheeseburgers and ice cream, but most of all she loved her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 5, 2020 at the Agnew Funeral home in Paris with Reverend Wesley Hammond and Reverend Steve Smith officiating. Visitation will be from 10:00 until time of service on Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery in Paris.

Memorials can be made to the Historical Society and the American Legion Auxiliary.


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