Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Norma Jean Bland & James R. Crowder

Mrs. James R. Crowder Ill
  Mrs. J. R. Crowder, who underwent a Caesarian operation Wednesday morning at 11 o'clock, has not regained consciousness as yet, according to report from the St. Joseph's hospital.  Mrs. Crowder was the former Norma Bland of Numa. Her condition is still regarded as critical.
Meanwhile a little seven and one-half pound baby boy is doing nicely.
Mrs. Crowder of Numa Called Here
Young Mother Failed to Survive Caesarian Operation Due to Complications
  Mrs. Norma Crowder, the 21 year old wife of Rollie Crowder of Numa, died at St. Joseph's hospital here at 6:40 p.m. yesterday [11 February 1938]. She was brought to the hospital in convulsions February 9, and a Caesarian operation was found necessary. A fine seven pound bob was born and is doing nicely at this time.
  The young mother failed to survive the ordeal in spite of every aid. The child was the first born of Mr. and Mrs. Crowder. Prior to her marriage Mrs. Crowder was Norma Bland. Her father and mother preceded her in death several years ago. The oldest of seven children she is survived by four sisters and two brothers as follows: Mrs. Ruth Inman of Numa, Buella Bland of Numa, Frances and Dorothy Bland of Numa and Buddy and Herbert.
  Mrs. Crowder was a former Numa high school student and graduate.
Mrs. Rollie Crowder 
  Norma Jean Bland was born August 18, 1916, and departed this life February 11, 1938, at the age of 21 years, 2 months and 24 days, at the St. Joseph's hospital in Centerville.
  She was united in marriage November 23, 1936, to Rollie Crowder of Numa.
  Norma had for the past thirteen years resided in Numa. She attended the Numa schools and graduated from the high school with the class of 1936.

Norma Jean Bland
1936 Numa High School Graduation Picture

  At an early age she was united with the Believers church in Numa.
  She is survived by her husband and an infant son, born February 9, who will be known as Roland Edwin; also four sisters, Mrs. Lazelle Inman, Dorothy, Beulah, and Frances, and two brothers, James and Herbert Lee, all of Numa.
  A grandmother, Mrs. James Howard of Lucerne, Missouri, three aunts, four uncles, one cousin and a host of other relatives and friends are left to mourn her. She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Bland, and a brother who died in infancy.
          A loving friend from us has gone.
          A voice we loved is stilled.
          A place is vacant in our home
          That never can be filled.
  The funeral service for Mrs. Norma Crowder was held from the M. E. church on Sunday at 1 p.m., conducted by Ruby Undertaking of Seymour and the services were read by Rev. Krapf of the M. E. charge. Music was furnished by a special choir, with Mrs. Fenton at the piano. The entire community was deeply saddened by the passing of this valued young mother and a host of relatives and friends were out to pay their last respects. The eldest of a family of young children,
bereft of father and mother in a very short time, her position has in fact been little mother to her sisters and brothers, and the family has been kept together, and while the rearing of the children is not complete, all are continuing to remain a family, and her work is very commendable. Death coming to her in motherhood, the little one is left, and no permanent arrangement is announced as yet as to its future residence. Following the funeral services, the body was taken to the family burying ground, where father and mother were laid to rest, north of Unionville, Mo., and in Putnam County, Missouri. Many of the local folks attended the body to the last resting place. 
J. R. Crowder Dies Sunday
  James Rolland Crowder died Sunday, August 17, [1958] at the Jane Lamb Hospital in Clinton, at the age of 63 years, two months and one day.
  Born June 16, 1895, at Cincinnati, he was the son of Eliza D. and Mary Crowder. He was a veteran of World War I, and had been employed at Clinton for several years.

James Roland Crowder's
World War I Draft Registration Card

  Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Maxine Eckley, Seattle, Wash.; a son, Eddy Shaw, of Ames, two sisters, Mrs. Amy Langford of Numa and Mrs. Opal Shaw of Ames; two nieces, Mrs. Cecil McKinley, Unionville, Mo.; and Mrs. Gladys Boecher, Dallas, Tex.; and a nephew, Harold Langford of San Mateo, Calif.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Norman Bland Crowder, his parents,  one sister, Mrs. Hazel Rick, and one brother, Robert.
  Services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Miller-Wehrle Funeral Home, with the Rev. Frank Johnson of the Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Cincinnati Pleasant Hill cemetery.
  The editor sincerely appreciates the contribution to The Jerome Journal of the above articles and picture of Norma Jean Bland by Richard Inman of Hamilton, Ohio. 

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