Sorry to report my Aunt that helped me so much with my reunion passed away Aug 3rd, 2017 after a short hospital stay. Rest in peace Aunt Norma Jeanne. When I was looking and found my Dad & Mom's names I looked for my mother hoping she was alive but found she has passed and I had a half sister in Portland and a half brother in Ca. I tried to find a phone no for them but couldn't. So decided to look for my Dad's side. I found where I had an Uncle in Oilton, an Aunt in Sand Springs and 2 aunts in OKC. I had a phone book for Oilton so found my Uncle's no., called him asking for Genealogy and he said talk to Norma Jeanne. I tried a couple times before I got her. I told her I was the illegitimate daughter of her older brother and placed for adoption at birth. She and I talked for probably an hr or more. Then she said again who was you Mother and I told her, then I told her Mom's husbands name and both kids. She recognized the son's name. She yelled Oh My gosh I know who you Mama was. That boy was the biggest little kid I ever saw. Then she continued to tell me my mother's husband was related to her husband so she knew my Mom's in-laws and she filled me in a bunch more of my family history. She told me an Aunt Dorothy I could probably call and get my sisters no.
Aunt Dorothy had recently moved back to the OKC area from NM and I found a no for her and called her. Without batting an eye she gave me my sisters no. She was an astute business person and after meeting her and getting the 20 questions I'm surprised I got that phone no. so quickly. But Aunt Norma set everything in motion for me to meet all my family. She was my go to gal when ever I couldn't figure out which family group someone came from. I went from a single child to a HUGE family. Keeping track of Aunts, Uncles, cousins, was almost overwhelming.
Aunt Norma was a great Lady. As the preacher said she was someone who “showed up”. To get things done first you have to “show up”. When her kids were little she was the go to Mama. She loved big family gatherings with lots of good home made food. She had organized Family reunions every 2 years for several years until her health declined and she could not do them any more. She was frustrated why some people would not come to enjoy the company of family. She had been active in a Neighborhood food project, loved to go camping and fishing, was a canning Judge, was an artist and had won ribbons on her paintings at local fairs, was an active Home Economist, and had won the top honors at the State Bread Baking contest in the State Fair 3 years in a row. Aunt Norma and I talked anywhere from 2 times a week to about 5 times a week. I sure do miss talking to her. She was a special special lady to me, to my family and to the rest of the family. RIP Aunt Norma Jeanne Green.
My other go to Aunt was my aunt Kay. She could tell me more about distant cousins and had BD and phone no’s for everybody. Yesterday Feb 14,2022 I went to the nursing home to visit her. Probably for the last time. Then that generation of my family will be gone once we lose her. Sad situation. Then I will be in the older generation. Do your searching early. Do not wait. The following day my Aunt Kay passed. These treasures that have the family information are priceless to get to know.