Norma Gene Conklin 79 of Vandalia Missouri passed away on Thursday September 28, 2017 at Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria, Ill.

Norma was born to Junior Raymond and Velma Alice (Hunt) Martin on September 3, 1938 in Vandalia Missouri.

She married Don Conklin on April 15th 1988 in Stone County, Arkansas.

Upon completion of high school, Norma attended Pike-Lincoln Technical College where she received her LPN certificate in 1970. During the next 11 years, Norma worked at St. Elizabeth and Levering Hospitals in Hannibal.

She also worked toward and received her RN degree from St. Mary’s College of Nursing in 1981. Norma worked at the Audrain Medical Center from 1981 to 1990. She then worked at Columbia Regional Hospital from 1990 to 1997; at the University Hospital and Clinics from 1997 to 2001.

Norma was last working for the WERDCC in Vandalia and the Fulton Reception and Diagnostic Center with the Missouri Department of Corrections from 2001 until May 2017.

Norma loved traveling, genealogy, and sewing in her free time but especially spending time with her family and friends. She was also a member of Kentucky Road Christian Church in Mexico Missouri.

Norma is survived by her husband Donald W. Conklin, a daughter Paula Fletcher, a son Roger (Gene) Jennings, a daughter LeAnn (Damon) Young, a step-daughter Di Throckmorton, and step-son Newt Conklin. She is also

survived by 13 grandchildren; Gabe (Nancy) Jennings, Joe (Robin) Jennings, Jamie Allen, Joni (Brandon) Barnett, Alison (Jeff) Choate, Kyle Jennings, Keith Jennings, Kirk Jennings, Caleb Jennings, Cierra Jennings,

Evan Campbell, Chris Campbell, Dawson Young, and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her two sons Bill (BJ) Jennings, Phillip (Mike) Jennings and her parents.

Visitation will be held at Waters Funeral Home in Vandalia, Missouri on Saturday October 7th starting at 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

Memorial services will be held at 1:00 p.m. at Waters Funeral Home with the Rev. Tony Maxwell officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations are encouraged to Wounded Warriors Organization, St. Jude's Children's Hospital, and the American Heart Association.