Norma Rae Block, age 81, Eagle Rock, Mo., went to be with her Lord and Maker on May 1, 2013 at her home after a long illness.
She was born Aug. 30, 1931 in San Antonio, Texas and was the only child of Ray and Lavon Cantrell. Norma lived most of her life in Carthage, Mo. Many in Carthage knew Norma Rae from the many years she worked at Cantrell Seed House which was owned by her father (Raymond Cantrell).
On Jan. 1, 1955, she married Teddy Block. They were married for 58 years. He survives. They have three daughters and one son: Cherry Babcock and husband Joe of Carthage; Debbie Braeckel and husband Pete of Joplin, Harlan Block and wife Theresa of Carthage and Jenny Waters and husband Don of Eagle Rock. They also have eight grandchildren: Kyle, Crystal, Josh, Kelly, Casie, Isaac, Hannah and Josiah and five great-grandchildren: Scotty, Logan, Van, Carter and Ema.
A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, May 10 at 6 p.m. at Christ Church of Joplin 5200 E. 32nd, Joplin, Missouri.