Norma Jean Nuss Richie, 96, of Williamsport, passed away peacefully Friday, April 28 2023 at the Williamsport Home.
Born April 17, 1927 in Montgomery, she is a daughter of the late Leamon and Mabel (O’Dell) Nuss.
Norma was a 1945 graduate of South Williamsport High School and not long after her high school graduation, she married Elery Richie Sr. Together they started a family and continued on to share 46 years of marriage before his passing in 1995.
In addition to her role of being a wife and mother, Norma took care of her home, taking great pride in raising her children, providing a nurturing environment for them and delicious home-cooked meals. Throughout her life, she enjoyed a wide range of interests and hobbies. Norma was an avid Scrabble player, often challenging her family and friends to intense games that showcased her impressive vocabulary. She also enjoyed playing cards and was known for her competitive spirit and friendly banter during games with her loved ones. In her younger years, Norma enjoyed bowling and traveling and was fortunate to explore many destinations with her husband and family. In her days of late, you could find her enjoying the wildlife in her backyard, watching the birds and feeding the deer.
Surviving are six children, Elery "Rusty" Richie Jr. (Alice) of Hartsville, South Carolina, Thomas Richie (Ruth) of Essex, Maryland, Gary Richie of Pensacola, Florida, Jeanne Smith of Williamsport, Carol Houseknecht (John) of Montoursville, and Margaret "Peggy" Stabley of DuBoistown; 17 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren; a sister Fay Patterson (Rick) of Florida and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a granddaughter and two great granddaughters; two sons-in-law, Victor Smith Jr. and Jack Stabley; and 10 siblings, Wilden, Carl, Franklin, Harold, Robert, Leamon Jr., Gordon, Sara, Helen, and Vivian.
A funeral service to honor Norma’s life will be held 1:30 p.m. Friday May 5 at Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond Street, Williamsport. Burial will follow at Twin Hills Memorial Park. A viewing will be held 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday May 4 and 1-1:30 pm Friday, May 5 at Sanders.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Norma’s name to American Cancer Society, 320 Bilmar Dr. Pittsburgh, PA 15205 or the Alzheimer’s Association Greater PA Chapter, 2595 Interstate Dr. Suite 100, Harrisburg, PA 17110.
The family would like to thank the Dementia Unit Staff of the Williamsport Home for the tender, loving care provided to Norma.
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