Norma Jean (Dietz) Davidson was born February 28, 1935 in Nashua, Iowa and passed away peacefully in her sleep February 1,2024 at Orilla’s Way in Grant City, Missouri at the age of 88 years and 11 months.  Norma was married to Richard Davidson on June 28. 1953.  He was Norma’s high school sweetheart.  He preceded her in death on July 24, 2022.  Norma was a member of the Albany United Methodist Church.

Norma graduated from Nashua High School in May of 1953.  Norma enjoyed high school activities and was a cheerleader.  Norma worked as a Medical Transcriber at Iowa University in Iowa City, Iowa while her husband was attending Radiology School there.  Later she enjoyed working with children in a preschool.  The majority of her life she devoted to raising four daughters and supporting her husband in his job by organizing social events and doing the majority of the baking for them.   She also volunteered in the hospital auxiliary gift shops.

She is survived by four daughters Peggy and Jeff Davis, Albany, Missouri; Dixie and Bob McGinley, Albany, Missouri; Becky and Bruce Shisler, Abany, Missouri; Brenda and Pat Collins, Blue Springs, Missouri; 12 grandchildren Michael and Amanda Davis, St. Joseph Missouri; Tim and Amber Davis, Albany, Missouri; Jordan and Marianne Davis, Albany, Missouri; Jacob and Alexis Davis, Albany, Missouri; Melanie(McGinley) and Adam Salmon, Oak Grove, Missouri; Justin McGinley and Hailey Olson, Peoria, Arizonia; Jared and Amanda McGinley, Kidder, Missouri; Melissa (McGinley) and Andrew Anderson, Lake Mills, Iowa; Jessica (Collins) and Jay Kolster Blue Springs, Missouri; Courtney(Collins) and Shawn Chappell Louisburg, Kansas; Clay and Valerie Shisler, Albany, Missouri; Megan (Shisler) and Brian McClure Olathe, Kansas.  She is also survived by 28 great grandchildren, 1 great great grandchild and many nieces, nephews and other extended family and friends.

Norma was known for her kindness and generosity to neighbors and friends.  She always enjoyed cooking and baking and sharing those treats with her neighbors. Her specialty was apple muffins and soups.   If she wasn’t busy keeping an immaculate house or cooking you would find her outside in the yard where she loved to mow, tend her flowers and keep everything trimmed.  Together Norma and Dick enjoyed playing cards and games with friends and family.  Norma usually won.  Fishing, visiting family and attending activities of the grandkids filled their weekends.

Norma was preceded in death by her parents William and Hattie Dietz, sister Phyllis Pelland, brother Marvin Dietz and sister-in-law Darlys Dietz.

A memorial graveside service will be held at a later date at Grandview Cemetery in Albany, Missouri.  The family requests memorials to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital that Norma and Dick supported for years, Albany Methodist Church or Orilla’s Way in Grant City, Missouri where they resided until their passing. Online Condolences: