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Obituary: Norma Jean Paris

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BOSSIER CITY – A Celebration of Life Service will be held for Dr. Norma Jean Paris on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at Hill Crest Memorial Chapel at 2:00 p.m. Dr. Randy Harper will be officiating the service. The family will be receiving friends on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at Hill Crest Memorial Chapel from 12:00 until time of service.

Norma Jean Paris, age 78, of Bossier City, LA, passed from this earth into eternity on January 26, 2015. She was born to the late Howard and Eleanor Lewis in Muskogee, OK, on January 15, 1937. She married Barney Paris, Jr. on February 17, 1957 after “seeing him walk across the OU campus wearing that suede vest.”

Norma Jean was passionate about learning. Her favorite saying was, “No education is ever wasted.” She was a Mensa-certified genius who held multiple degrees. Her proudest achievements were receiving her Doctorate at the age of 65, being asked to present her paper at the Oxford Round Table in London, and being awarded the LSU-S Circle of Excellence.

Mom relished good books, traveling, working cross-word puzzles, cryptograms, and logic problems in ink, playing Bridge, teaching both college and middle aged students, attending Delta Delta Delta functions, and sipping her Lady Grey hot tea.

Norma Jean was a long-time member of Bellaire Baptist Church. Norma Jean is survived by her husband of 57 years, Barney McKinley Paris, Jr. of Bossier City, daughters Kathy Paris Willis (Mike) of Houston, TX, Cynthia Paris Bickham (Alan) of Blanchard, LA, grandson, Michael Willis of Houston and bonus grandchildren, David, Kimberly and Bryce Woodruff of Shreveport, LA. Her son, Barney McKinley Paris III preceded her in death and welcomed her into Heaven.

Norma Jean personally requested that donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis or Delta Delta Delta Wish Upon A Star.

Pallbearers honoring Norma Jean will be Bryant Dowden, Dan Butler, Kevin Henry, John Davis, Micheal Moss, and Dave Thompson.

You may share your memories with the family by visiting www.hillcrestmemorialfh.com.