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Norma Jean Humble was born January 21, 1931, in Normalville, Pennsylvania. She was the youngest child of Dewey and Bertha Mosholder. She had 5 older brothers and 2 older sisters. Her family eventually settled in Jefferson Pennsylvania where she graduated high school. Her father Dewey held the office of Mayor of Jefferson for a time. She met her future husband Kermit Ray Christopher, Jr in high school. They would marry and had six children of their own before Kermit was tragically killed in 1963 in an industrial accident. This was a devastating loss for the entire family and all those that knew Kermit. Norma Jean had been a homemaker not worked outside the home before this time. After Kermit’s untimely death she worked at the Chicken House as a waitress and went to Penn Commercial school learning secretarial skills.
Norma attended the Nazarene Church in Waynesburg and that is where she met her late husband John Humble – they married in 1979. After they married, she went to work for John at his Carpet store. John and Norma bought a local shoe store in Waynesburg which would then become Norma Jean’s career until her retirement. Norma was the beloved mother of Karen (Harry) Toothman, Kermit Christopher, Diana (Bucky) White, David (Sheila) Christopher, Shaun Christopher, and Melanie Christopher. Stepmother of Johnny Bill “Weaser” Humble, Pam Humble Beyer, Fred “Slugger” Humble and the late Danny and Greg “Pee Wee” Humble. Norma was the last of her immediate family and was preceded in death by seven siblings. She leaves behind thirteen grandchildren, twelve step-grandchildren, many great-grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews. Norma was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.
After Norma Jean lost her husband John, she found herself with more time on her hands than she knew what to with. She started attending the Senior Center in Waynesburg almost daily. She found some new friends and a new passion for hand quilting. She learned the art there at the Senior Center and after working on quilts at the center with the Senior group she began making her own quits at home. She developed a love for the art and found that this was one way to also express her love in a tangible way to her family by making each a guilt tailored to their individual personalities.
Norma was an excellent cook – always making something out of nothing with the result delicious meals for many family dinners. Norma exceled with baking which always brought out her competitive spirit. Norma Jean liked, no loved to win. She once won “Best Dessert” at a family reunion for a Marie Calendar’s Frozen Razelberry Pie and took that blue ribbon with a smile on her face and never spoke of it until long after and all got a chuckle. She participated in the annual Family reunion Cupcake Contest and won or placed many many times.
Norma loved to travel and went on many trips with John throughout the world. John and Norma Jean were active with their families and in their church and community for the years they were together, they hosted all the holidays for their family, they participated in the Gideons, the Lions Club, and a Prison Ministry to name a few. In her senior years, Friday afternoons were spent with her close girlfriends playing games. They took turns hosting and would play cards and games and enjoy each other’s company.
A Celebration of Life will be held on January 21, 2023, at Waynesburg First Church of the Nazarene, 115 Deerfield Lane, Waynesburg, PA 15370. Arrangements were entrusted to Pittsburgh Cremation & Funeral Care, McMurray, PA. Please view and sign the family’s online guestbook at www.PittsburghCremation.com.