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Norma Jean Bowers, 83, of Batavia passed away June 14, 2013 at Presence Mercy Center Hospital in Aurora. She was born September 28, 1929 in Wichita, KS, the daughter of William and Helen (nee Braniff) Bingman, and was united in marriage to Marvin Dale Bowers in 1955. Norma Jean was an outstanding educator who shared her gift and knowledge of music with students in Batavia Junior High School and every elementary school of Batavia for over 30 years. She received her undergraduate degree from Millikin University in 1950 where she was a member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, and a Master of Music degree from Northern Illinois University in 1964. She was also a member of Sigma Alpha Iota during her years at Carmi (IL) Township High School. Norma is a past president of the Batavia Education Association, a member of The Delta Kappa Gamma Society, a life member of the National Education Association, and is noted in the 1978-79 edition of Outstanding Educators in America. For many years Norma Jean refined her skills as a watercolor artist and proudly shared her knowledge with developing artists in her home studio. Many of her paintings are currently displayed throughout the Fox Valley. Her art represents the things she loved and enjoyed as demonstrated in her dedication to the Chicago Bears and her devotion to the Standard Poodles and Afghan Hounds she and Marvin welcomed into their family. She proudly presented Bear’s coach Mike Ditka with a stunning portrait of The Coach; and her love of pets was reflected in much of her artwork as she was frequently commissioned by area patrons to create watercolor portraits of their animal friends. Norma Jean was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin. She leaves behind her Afghan Hound, Cirri, as well as several friends and neighbors who loved and cared for her. Funeral services will be held 12:00 P.M. Saturday, June 22, 2013 at Moss Family Funeral Home 209 South Batavia Ave. Batavia, IL. Visitation will be held 10:00 A.M. until the time of the service. Interment will be held in West Batavia Cemetery.

Memorials
In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to the Morris Animal Foundation (morrisanimalfoundation.org).

Obituary credit: www.mossfuneral.com

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