Norma L O'Daniel, 94, of Mount Vernon, Illinois passed away at 6:05 P.M. Sunday, August 26, 2018 at Three Springs Lodge in Chester, Illinois. She was born August 25, 1924 in Mount Vernon to the late William Fred and Pearl Elizabeth (Catron) Hayes. Norma married William L. O’Daniel on November 10, 1973 in Mount Vernon. They were blessed with 44 years of marriage before he preceded her in death on November 15, 2017.
Norma is survived by her children, Monty D. Pearson and wife, Dell of Atlanta, Georgia, JoAnne O’Daniel of Wayne City, Illinois, Linda Sue Fisher and husband, Ed of Chester, Illinois, and Mary Jane Giles of Kuna, Idaho; eight grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; nephews, Roger Hayes of Mount Vernon, Illinois, Gary Hayes of Mount Vernon, Illinois, and Randy Hayes of Albany, Texas.
In addition to her parents and husband, Norma was preceded in death by her son, John O’Daniel of Carmi, Illinois; great-grandson, Nicholas O’Daniel; and brothers, Lee Hayes of Albany, Texas and Tom Hayes of Mount Vernon, Illinois.
Norma was very active in her husband's political career. She hosted many campaign events during a timeframe which spanned over 30 years. She was well regarded for her beautiful home and her hospitality. Norma was also active in public service herself. She served on the Board of Trustees of Rend Lake College.
Norma's favorite hobby was shopping and she was well known for her stylish appearance. She also enjoyed cooking and hosting many events for her family and friends. Norma was dearly loved and will be missed by all who knew her.
Memorials may be made to the Methodist Children's Home, also known as Spero Family Services. Norma stated many times that when she grew up, which was during a difficult time in our county, that many of her best friends lived at the children's home and went on to live very successful lives.
A Visitation will be held at 10:00 A.M. until 12:00 P.M. Thursday, August 30, 2018 at Hughey Funeral Home in Mount Vernon, Illinois. A Funeral Service will follow at 12:00 P.M. Thursday, August 30, 2018 with Mr. Marty Mills officiating. Interment will follow the service at Oakwood Cemetery in Mount Vernon, Illinois.
Call Hughey Funeral Home at 618-242-3348 or visit hugheyfh.com for further information.