Norma Rose was born in Diana, Tennessee, growing up as an only child of James and Nettie Sue Gipson. She grew up in Nashville attending and graduating from Hume-Fogg High School. She was married as a teenager and ironically this only child married Thurman who was one of 11 children. Since he was in the military they were stationed in various places, even as far as Utah. They eventually settled back into this area living in Donelson and Hermitage to raise their five children. She was the wife of a deacon who spent time on Saturday getting all the girls hair curled and matching dresses ready for church on Sunday. She enjoyed the fellowship with her church family, even the times they bowled together in a church league. She enjoyed worship, classes, and other times of fellowship. She also loved reading. The MJ library workers knew her well since she read a book every couple of days. Her children dearly loved her. With five children growing up in her home, there was never a dull moment and their memories are flooded with times of laughter and love. They treasure the memory of their mother’s laughter with them. She also had a love for animals, fried pies, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. They have described her as a best friend, always happy, wonderful mother, great personality, neat housekeeper, and a wonderful host of holiday gatherings!
In ways Mrs. Norma’s life has been difficult, but as one of her sons said, “she was tough and lived a good life.” She was very religious and wanted her children and grandchildren to also be.
We are thankful that in November of 1993 Mrs. Norma moved to Mt. Juliet and started worshipping at the Mt. Juliet church of Christ. She has been a blessing to us. On May 2 she was at her home seemingly doing better after a difficult time which included a hospital stay. But that day she stepped out of this tent and time and into eternity with the host of those who have passed on before. We offer our sympathy and prayers for her children Suzette (Gerald) Harris, Robin Maxwell, Anthony Rose, Tim Rose and Tracey (Steven) Hunter as well as to her 10 grandchildren and great-grandchildren whom she dearly loved. We are thankful that our sister passed to the other side as a child of God and having the hope of eternal life. Let us all continue to pray for her family.