Norma Helene Freelend, 78, passed away Feb. 13, 2013 in Carthage, Mo.

Norma Helene Freelend, 78, passed away Feb. 13, 2013 in Carthage, Mo.

Norma was born July 30, 1934 in Salem, Mo., to Raymond Mounce and Pearl Ann (Prater) Mounce. Norma was a Carthage resident for the past 11 years, moving from Mt. Vernon, Mo. Norma was a nurse and worked for Dr. George and Dr. Neufelt in the Mt. Vernon Clinic. She also worked at the Lawrence City Manor.

Norma attended the First Church of the Nazarene, Carthage. Norma was an avid bingo player and loved hummingbirds.

Norma was united in marriage to Eldon Freelend Nov. 7, 1952 in Marionville, Mo. He survives. They were later divorced.

Norma is survived by her mother, Pearl Anne Herold of Sierra Vista, Ariz., six children: Raymond Freelend and wife, Cindy, of Sarcoxie; Judith Haines of Carthage; Jerome Welters and wife, Vivian, of Monett; Allen Freelend and wife, Ronda, of Carthage; Vernon Freeland and wife, Zee, of Carthage; and Cheryl Freelend of Sarcoxie; one brother Bernie Mounce of northern California; 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Norma was preceded by her dad, Raymond Mounce, a brother, David Mounce, a son, Paul Freelend, and grandson, Zackary Freelend.

Memorial services are 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, at the First Church of the Nazarene. Pastor Dustin Ledford will officiate. Visitation to follow memorial service. Contributions can be made to the First Church of the Nazarene care of Ulmer Funeral Home. Online condolences can be made at Arrangements are under the direction of Ulmer Funeral Home.