Longtime Edmond, Okla. resident and First United Methodist Church family member Norma Bodin passed away peacefully at her home early Sunday morning. A child who entered this world in the immediate hours following the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, she left this material world to enter eternity and take her place in His Kingdom, on the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Born and raised in Concordia, Kan., Norma was the youngest child of Alfred and Ruth Horkman. She met Ralph Bodin, a young veteran from Washburn, Wis. who was working for the Santa Fe Railway Company in central Kansas. Ralph and Norma were subsequently married on May 18, 1952. They made early residences in the small central Kansas farm town of Tipton where sons Jeff and Scott were both born. While still in Kansas, Norma and Ralph achieved the status of Worthy Matron and Worthy Patron of the local Eastern Star Chapter.
In 1967, a railroad opportunity made way for relocation to Edmond. Norma began working in administrative support at Central State College, predecessor to today's University of Central Oklahoma. She worked for many years in the admissions and records department which afforded her the opportunity to meet and work with students from many different cultures from all over the world, an opportunity she deeply enjoyed. She later went on to become the administrative assistant in the expanding funeral service department, and retired from there in 1990.
Although not particularly sports minded UNTIL her boys began to excel through high school and into college sports, upon Jeff signing to play football at the University of Oklahoma, she became as close as possible to a "born and bred" Sooner fan, never losing her tenacity and competitiveness for the Sooners (and desire for bad breaks and losses for the Cowboys and Longhorns). She remained a season ticket holder to football games from 1971 through this last year, and to be quite frank, she was mad if she could not go; wanted to arrive early to see The Pride; and don't dare ask to leave before the game is over! GO BIG RED!
After retirement from UCO, Norma did take on a "second career", acting for many years as the treasurer of the Central Oklahoma Retired Citizens Travel Club. This afforded her and Ralph the opportunity to travel extensively both domestically and abroad. She also remained active in the church and looked forward to her weekly contribution in preparing the church newsletter for delivery, and her Thursday morning breakfast club.
Norma was preceded in death by her parents Alfred and Ruth Horkman, brothers Dennis Horkman and Harold Horkman, and her husband Ralph Bodin.
She is survived by son Jeff Bodin of Edmond, and son Scott Bodin and wife Julie of Edmond, grandsons Austin Bodin of San Marcos, Texas and Jason Bodin and wife Jennifer of Edmond, and two great grandsons Jude Ryan Bodin and Jonah Lee Bodin of Edmond.
Services will be 10 a.m., Friday, April 21, 2017 at First United Methodist Church of Edmond, 305 E. Hurd St.
Memorials can be made to the American Diabetes Association.
Published on April 18, 2017