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Norma G. Conklin


Saturday, October 7th, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia, Missouri.


Saturday, October 7th, 2017 at Waters Funeral Chapel.
Officiating: Reverend Tony Maxwell
Music: Selected favorite hymns.

Norma G. Conklin, age 79, of Vandalia, Missouri, passed away at 5:33 p.m. on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria, Illinois. Norma was born to Junior Raymond and Velma Alice (Hunt) Martin on September 3, 1938 in Vandalia, Missouri. She married Don Conklin in 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, and 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, reading, and sewing in her free time, but especially enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She was also a member of Kentucky Road Christian Church in Mexico Missouri.

Born: September 3, 1938 in Vandalia, Missouri, to Junior Raymond and Velma Alice (Hunt) Martin.

Married: Don Conklin in Stone County, Arkansas on April 15th, 1988.

Survivors include: 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.

Preceded in death by: Two sons, Bill (BJ) Jennings, Phillip (Mike) Jennings, her sister, Sue Gabbitt, and her parents.

Memorials are encouraged to Wounded Warriors Organization, the American Heart Association, and Saint Jude's Children's Hospital.

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