Norma Jean Alderdyce, 87, of Coulter, passed away Saturday, November 20, 2021, at MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center in Mason City. A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, November 27, 2021, at the Alden United Methodist Church in Alden. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Masks are required.
Norma Jean Boor was born on August 25, 1934, in Decatur County, Iowa, to James Ross and Reletta Fern (Wheeler) Boor, the fifth of ten children. She attended country schools as a youth, but quit after her 8th grade graduation to go to work. Norma married Ren Ione Bullis on May 1,1955, in Iowa Falls. To this union three children were born: Reynold James (Jim), Darrell Dean, and Rita Sue. They made their home in the Iowa Falls area and later divorced. In January, 1970, she married Ray Gersema and moved to the country south of Coulter; they later divorced. On October 27, 1972, she married Michael Doune Alderdyce. In 1977, they moved into Coulter.
Norma was a kind, loving woman who loved helping people. She was well known for her excellent cooking. She could take a little of this and a little of that and make a feast for a king. She enjoyed cooking and baking, especially at Christmas, when she would take trays of candy and cookies to family, friends and neighbors. She also put this talent to good use when she cooked at CAL school. No one ever left hungry from Norma's house! For many years she worked in others' homes, taking care of people. Norma enjoyed being a part of the community, serving on the Coulter Community Housing and Over 60's boards of directors.
Along with Mike, Norma was an avid Hawkeye fan. She enjoyed travelling with him and enjoyed visiting casinos, where she often came away a winner. She loved playing cards and belonged to card groups for many years. In winter, Norma enjoyed putting together jigsaw puzzles, and enjoyed crossword puzzles year round. She had a passion for butterflies, hummingbirds, and collecting recipes.
The most important part of her life was her family - husband, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, siblings, and cousins. Those left to cherish memories of Norma include her husband, Mike; son Darrell (Rhonda) Bullis of Sergeant Bluff; daughter Rita Bullis of Alden; daughter-in-law Jolene Bullis of Ankeny; grandchildren Heather (Derrick) Shaull, Shawn Vanderpool, Joshua (Laura) Bullis, Cody Bullis, Reid Bullis; great-grandchildren Ethan Vanderpool, Quentin Shaull, Sven Bullis, Ariah Bullis, Declan Bullis, and Mahala Shaull; sisters Helen Meyer, Aletha Anderson, Marilyn Venner, and Carolyn Hoversten; sisters-in-law Joan Boor, Barbara Boor, Shirley Lahvic, Mary Nehring, and Merna Folkerts; nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends.
Preceding her in death were her parents, son Jim Bullis, grandson Charlie Vanderpool, brothers Maurice "Morey", Bernard "Jack", Richard, and Gerald, and sister Nancy Barnhart.
Alden, IA, United States 50006
Alden, IA, United States 50006
With deepest sympathy, and loveBeautiful in Blue was purchased for the family of Norma Jean Alderdyce by The Kendrick family.
Please accept my most heartfelt sympathy for your loss... My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.Written in the Stars was purchased for the family of Norma Jean Alderdyce by Patty McLeod.
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss... Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.Love's Journey was purchased for the family of Norma Jean Alderdyce by Joan BoorKohl & Kandy & Aaron & Rebecca & Benjamin.
So sorry for your loss. You have my sympathy.