EDMORE, Mich. – Norma Bussell passed away Nov. 29, 2018, at Grand Pines Assisted Living Center in Grand Haven, Mich.

Norma was born on July 16, 1920, to Jesse and Mabel (née Lacey) Edwards in Bushnell Township near Sheridan, Mich.

On June 25, 1941, she married Mervin Bussell in Lakeview, Mich. She and Merv enjoyed 73 years of marriage until he passed away in December 2014.

Norma is survived by three sons: Bill (and Chris) of Grand Haven, Tom (and Barb) of Warsaw, and Jerry (and Cheryl) of Saginaw; and daughter-in-law Linda Bussell of Lowell, Mich. Norma also has 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Norma’s oldest son, John, predeceased her in June 2016.

Norma is also survived by her sisters-in-law Frances Edwards, Helen Edwards,and Shirley Edwards.

She was predeceased by her parents; nine brothers: William, Clayton, Howard, Merland, Dale, Duane, Donald, Harold and Kenneth; and four sisters: Opal Wickerham, Maxine Gilman, Lorraine Fike and Elaine Edwards.

In her youth, Norma attended Mud Lake School, a country school in Montcalm County’s Evergreen Township. Norma completed her secondary education as an adult, then graduated from Montcalm Community College's Licensed Practical Nursing program in 1971.

Norma was an accomplished seamstress and made many of her own clothes. She also enjoyed various forms of crafting, ranging from decorative, water color, acrylic and oil painting, and making teddy bears. Many shut-ins received one of her teddy bears as recuperation gifts. Unfortunately, macular degeneration took most of her vision and she was unable to sew and craft in her later years.

Norma lived most of her life in Montcalm County with short absences in southeast Michigan while Merv served in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II; a short period in the 1940s, when Norma, Merv and John lived in Alto, Mich.; and during the early 1950s, when the family lived in Reed City, Mich.

Norma was a member of First Congregational Church in Stanton since 1953.

The family appreciates the affectionate care provided in Norma's later days by Green Acres Assisted Living in Greenville, Grand Pines Assisted Living in Grand Haven, and Kindred Hospice.

Visitation will be at the Brigham Funeral Chapel, 413 E. Gilson St., Edmore, from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3.

Pastor Jamie Nichols will officiate at Norma's funeral service at the First Congregational Church, 305 N. Camburn St., Stanton, at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4.  

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Memorials to First Congregational Church, P.O. Box 926, Stanton, MI 48888; Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 456 Cherry St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503; or White Pine District Library, 106 E. Walnut St., Stanton, MI 48888.

Condolences to the family may be made utilizing the guestbook at www.brighamfuneralchapel.com.