NORMA JEAN BERRY (NICHOLS)
June 23, 1941 – September 20, 2011
Norma Jean was born at home to Betty and Willard Berry in Riley County, Kansas. Norma was the older of two daughters, survived by her sister Wilma.
Norma attended the Riley County Rural School District and graduated from Riley County High School.
Norma married Larry Bennington in 1957 and gave birth to two children.
Diana Lynn Thurlow and her husband Michael of Bonner Springs, Kansas.
David Layne Bennington and his wife Betsy Bennington of Dallas, Texas. She is also the proud grandmother of Samantha Layne Bennington age 7.
During the next fifteen years Norma worked as wife and mother to her family. Norma and Larry had homes in Manhattan, KS., Whiting, IN., Tulsa, OK., Casper, WY., and Raytown, MO. Norma and Larry were divorced in 1976.
Norma married Richard “Dick” Nichols in 1977 and had two step children, Penny and Brent Nichols. Norma and Dick lived in Cheyenne, WY until their divorce several years later.
Norma moved to the Sheridan area where she has lived the last 25+ years of her life. Her professional career included: National Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Wyoming Business Rendezvous, State of Wyoming Economic Development Board, Chamber of Commerce for multiple cities, NJ Enterprises, and the Sheridan Heritage Center.
Norma was best known for her ability to always see the glass not as half full, but as always three quarters full. She had a friendly smile and a polite manner that allowed her to make friends easily and be an exceptional business woman. Norma never met a stranger.
A celebration of Norma’s life will be Saturday, September 24th at 10:00 AM at the Kane Funeral Home with Reverend Kevin Jones officiating. A gathering of family and friends will be held at the Sheridan Inn following the service.
In lieu of flowers, a small stone monument will be placed for Norma at the Sheridan Inn. Donations for Norma’s monument and in her memory may be made to Cowboy State bank and Trust.
Online condolences may be written at www.kanefuneral.com.
Kane Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.