Norma J. Miller, 87, of Hampton, Iowa, passed away Thursday, May 14, 2020, at the Hampton Rehabilitation Center. She was born December 25, 1932, on a farm southwest of Hampton, Iowa, to Christian and Carolina (Johansen) Madsen.
As a young girl, Norma said her ambition was to become a wife, mother, and homemaker. While the death of her mother Carolina interrupted her dream, that goal was aided by the loving guidance of Letha Bohlen, the woman Christian married in 1947. Norma began her education in Otter Creek Country School and graduated from Alexander Consolidated School in 1951. While in high school she was a cheerleader and participated in all the musical groups.
On October 7, 1951, Norma was united in marriage to Dale Mollenbeck of Hampton at the Alexander Reformed Church. Together, they farmed northwest of Hampton and raised four children: Roger, Cindy, Tami, and Todd. After Dale passed in 2001, Norma married Dean Miller May 28, 2005.
After Norma's marriage to Dale, her dream to become a wife, mother and homemaker became a reality. Norma was an active member of the Zion Reformed Church in rural Sheffield, where her servant's heart led her to help with Christmas programs, summer Bible school, the church remodeling, and the fall church bazaar. She also helped on many church committees. Norma also attended First Christian Church of Hampton. Norma enjoyed water aerobics, square dancing, helping at the Floral Hall at the Franklin County Fair, and working in her flower garden. She enjoyed collecting angels and Santas.
Norma spent many hours helping her sisters, Betty and Maydene, wallpaper for local residents and businesses. She was also an active member in Farm Bureau Women, where she held leadership positions and taught Ag in the Classroom at local elementary schools. She enjoyed traveling around the United States and visiting Denmark and Germany. Entertaining in her home, spending time with her family, especially her grandkids, was important to Norma.
Norma was preceded in death by her father, Chris Madsen, mother, Carolina Madsen, stepmother, Letha Madsen, son, Roger Mollenbeck, daughter-in-law, Linda Mollenbeck, two grandsons, Travis Ballhagen and Cody Mollenbeck, father-in-law, Bert Mollenbeck, mother-in-law, Lena Mollenbeck, brother-in-law, Alfred Christiansen, sister-in-law, Ellen Mollenbeck, brother-in-law, Charles Miller and his wife, Gladys, brother-in-law, Howard Miller and his wife, Mildred, sister-in-law, Doris Hansen, and brothers-in-law, Daryl Huntington and Reuben Drury.
Norma is survived by her husband Dean Miller of Hampton, daughter Cindy Lind (David Ibeling) of Mason City, daughter Tami (Kevin) Ballhagen of Sheffield, son Todd Mollenbeck of Hampton, stepson Michael (Ruth) Miller of Alexandria, VA, stepdaughter Michelle (Doug) Hand of Solon, IA, sister Betty Christiansen of Denver, Colorado, sister Maydene (Brian) Thies of Hampton, brother-in-law Delmer Mollenbeck of Hampton, brother-in-law R. Peter Hansen of Peoria, AZ, and sister-in-law Fern Drury of Preston, MN.
Norma's surviving grandchildren are: Chris (Shannon) Lind of Ft. Mill, S.C., Kelly (Eric) Daufeldt of Cedar Rapids, IA, Mark (Taylor) Ballhagen of Sheffield, IA, Carley Ballhagen of Hampton, IA, Shelby Ballhagen (Brad Morgan) of Hampton, IA, and Trevor Mollenbeck of Latimer, IA. Her step-grandchildren are: Amanda Miller of Alexandria, VA, Matthew Hand (Morgan Cox) of St. Louis Park, MN, Thomas Hand (Catherine Thomas) of Memphis, TN, and Elizabeth Hand of Solon, IA. Norma's great grandchildren are: Avery Lind, Keira Lind, Lauren Daufeldt, Cole Daufeldt, and Addilyn Ballhagen. Norma is also survived by her nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews.
Private services will be held with burial in the Zion Reformed Cemetery in rural Sheffield. The Sietsema Vogel Funeral Home of Hampton is assisting Norma's family.
Cards of condolences may be sent to Dean Miller, P.O. Box 403, Hampton, Iowa, 50441.
A ZOOM meeting will be held around 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 19, 2020, for anyone that would like to watch Norma's service.
Meeting ID: 367 013 3488
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