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Norma Jean Planche
January 17, 1926 –
May 19, 2022
Norma Plank Stevenson, 96, and resident of Grace Village Retirement Community in Winona Lake, Indiana, died May 19, 2022. Born in Howard County, Indiana on January 17, 1926, she was the daughter of David Ross and Gladys Felton Barbier.
She graduated from Ervin Township High School in 1944. After graduation, she attended Ball State Teacher’s College majoring in music and business. She married Edwin L. Plank on January 12, 1946 at Young America Baptist Church in Young America, Indiana. They were married for 62 years. She graduated from IU Kokomo in 1974 and became a music therapist and activity therapist at Howard Community Mental Health Center for 17 years.
Norma was musically gifted and played the piano on the radio for several weekly shows and taught lessons from an early age. She was classically trained and able to play by ear. Her musical talent was used extensively at Kokomo as an accompanist and performed for the Betty Hayes School of Dance, Tri Kappa Follies, Hullabaloos and Civic Theater recitals while continuing to give piano lessons at home.
Norma retired to Lakeland, Florida, where she lived for 26 years, leading an extremely active life. She enjoyed playing tennis and bridge and played piano for her church and the Lakeland Symphony. She performed with several dance groups and also led songs.
Norma’s faith began at an early age and continued as she taught Sunday School for over 25 years and sang in the church choir. She was a member of First Christian Church, Kokomo and First Presbyterian Church of Lakeland, Florida.
Norma had a passion for life and people! Her hobbies included creative scrapbooking, photography, and traveling in the United States and abroad. Additionally, she loved genealogy and co-wrote a book on the history of the Barber family. Norma always felt her greatest joy and greatest sense of accomplishment was being a wife and mother of four children.
Norma is survived by her husband of four years, David Stevenson; children, Edwin (Polly) Plank of Argyle, Texas, Julie (Mike) Martin of Warsaw, Indiana, and David (Kerin) Plank of Greensboro, North Carolina; thirteen grandchildren; and seventeen great-grandchildren.
Norma is predeceased by her husband of 62 years, Edwin Plank; companion, Don Mohler and his daughter, Jan Hall of Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Services will be held Wednesday, May 25, 2022 at 12 p.m. at Ellers Mortuary 3400 S. Webster Street Kokomo with visitation from 10 a.m. until time of service. Interment will follow at Galveston Central Cemetery. Pastor Jeff Evans will officiate.
Contributions may be made in Norma’s name to The Salvation Army 1357 W. 86th St. Indianapolis, IN 46260 or Grace Village Chapel Music Program 337 Grace Village Dr. Winona Lake, IN 46590. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy can be shared on www. ellersmortuarywebster.com for the Plank family.
Published on May 23, 2022