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Norma Shore-O’Neill - August 27, 2012


Norma Jean Shore O’Neill, 72 years of age from Missouri City, Texas, passed away on Aug. 24, 2012, at her home, under hospice care after a long and courageous illness from cancer.
Norma was born March 7, 1940, in Kearney to Charles and Leona (Schroer) O’Neill and was raised in the heartland of America near Minden.
She graduated from Minden High School in 1957.
Her early adult years were fondly spent in southern California as a military wife and mother with the following years in Brooklyn, N.Y., and Virginia Beach, Va. She moved back to the Midwest to Kansas for several years until she settled in El Campo, Texas, and finally to Fort Bend Country, Texas, where her daughter lived.
Norma’s love of art was with her for all of her life. Her natural talent of fine arts started when she won a national art contest as a teenager. She studied at the Houston Art Institute and enjoyed an abroad art study in La Romita, Italy in her 60s. Over the years she commissioned many portraits, sculptures, murals, illustrated books and taught art.
She loved to camp, travel, golf, read, laugh, loved to spend time with her family, and of all things, “ART.”
She was a member of the El Campo Art Society and donated her efforts to the reopening of El Campo Museum with art murals and fundraising. The highlight of her career was the opening of her art studio, which opened in 1989. These years were some of her happiest times and created life long friendships.
She was a member of the First Christian Church in El Campo, Texas. She dedicated many years to growing the church and started the “Streets of Bethlehem” Christmas Pageant, which ran annually for many years.
She had a passion for life. She not only passionately cared for her family; she also cared for the military wives while the naval ship was at sea. It was her honor to represent the USS Forrest Sherman Naval Battle Ship as the Ombudsman when the ship was at sea.
Survivors include her children, Becky Naser of Houston, Texas; and Bob Hedstrom and Jeff Hedstrom of Missouri City, Texas; grandchildren, Amira, Toni, and William; sister, Pat Werner of Minden and numerous extended families from Minden, Kearney, Lincoln, Omaha and surrounding town in Nebraska.
She is preceded by her parents, Charles and Leona O’Neill.
The family is very grateful to the wonderful medical care given to Norma during her illness. The medical staff at Baylor Clinic and St. Lukes Hospital, Texas Medical Center, Houston was a blessing. The extraordinary care by Vitas Hospice nurses, Maria (Team 505) and the final days of Critical Care by Nurse Regina.
Memorial services were Aug. 31 at the First Christian Church in Minden with the Rev. Michael Schmidt officiating.
Burial of her ashes was in the Minden Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions or donations can be graciously directed to the charity of your choice.
Layton-Craig Funeral Home of Minden was in charge of arrangements.