Norma Jean (Turner) Cordes

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Norma Jean (Turner) Cordes, 85, formerly of Prairie Village, Kansas, passed away on February 10, 2020 surrounded by family. Visitation will be held on February 13 from 5:30-7:30pm at Cure of Ars Catholic Church, 9401 Mission Road, Leawood, Kansas. Funeral services will be at 12:00 noon on February 14 at Cure of Ars. Private burial service will be at Resurrection Cemetery in Lenexa.

Norma was born on March 5, 1934 in Green Forest, Arkansas to Claude and Winnie Turner. She was the oldest child and had one sister and a brother who called her “Jean.” After graduating from Green Forest (Arkansas) High School, Norma moved to Wichita, Kansas to work and to live with her cousin and later meet the love of her life.
In 1955, she married her sweetheart, Francis Anthony Cordes. Shortly after, Francis was stationed in San Antonio, Texas where they lived for ten years. Norma worked as a paralegal during their time in San Antonio. In 1965, they moved to the Kansas City area where they raised their family.

Norma was active in numerous women’s philanthropic clubs; Kansas City Affinem and the Kansas City Musettes. In the late 1970’s, she founded Blue Ribbon Tours & Arrangements and continued with the business until she retired in 2013.
As members of Cure of Ars Catholic Church for over 50 years, Francis and Norma were on the league bowling team for 30 years. Norma enjoyed cooking and entertaining for family and friends, sewing and needlework, shopping and was an enthusiast of dishes, crystal and various collectibles. She was an avid bridge player and belonged to several bridge clubs .
Norma is survived by her daughters Michelle Embree (Ed) of Leawood, Kansas and Jene Hong (Thai) of Overland Park, Kansas; son Tony Cordes (Julie) of Stilwell, Kansas; grandchildren: Katie Blasko (Jeff), Mark and Caroline Embree; Shannon Ellerson (Wayne), Heather Benjamin (Jack) and Tyler Popper; AJ and Jamie Cordes; great-grandsons: Tommy and Cooper Blasko and Damian Popper; sister Annie Cobb; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Francis; parents Claude and Winnie Turner, and brother Clell Turner.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Kansas City Hospice, www.kchospice.org/donate KCHPC, 1500 Meadow Lane Parkway, Suite 200, Kansas City, MO 64114