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Norma McNew
Norma Imalou Griffin McNew departed this life March 10, 2015, in Greenville.
She was born Aug. 15, 1919, in the Pleasant Hill Community near Hatfield, Ark., to William Albert and Minnie Ola Moore Griffin. She married Leister Doyne McNew on Jan. 12, 1942, in DeQueen, Ark. Dr. McNew, professor emeritus at East Texas State University (now Texas A&M University-Commerce), preceded her in death on Sept. 18, 2002.   
She is survived by three children, Dr. Barry McNew and wife Dinah, Dr. Martha McNew Foote and husband John and Rosalie McNew Hill and husband Ronnie; grandchildren Heather McNew Carter and husband Joel, Seth McNew and wife Katie, Rachel Foote Carter and husband Chris, Parker Foote and fiancée Jade, Greg Hill, Luke Hill and Olivia Hill; six great-grandchildren, Griffin Carter, Mary Clay Carter and Eliza Carter — children of Heather and Joel Carter, William McNew — son of Seth and Katie McNew and Hunter Carter and Macauley Carter — daughters of Rachel and Chris Carter; one sister, Kathleen Gray; one brother-in-law, Dr. Ben B. McNew; her beloved caregiver, Charlotte Gadlin; a special weekend caregiver, Carol Harrison; nieces Margaret Ann Griffin Goss, Nancy Griffin Steele, Kathy Gray Watson, Terry Gray Morrison, Tyler Gray Stoker and Bonnie McNew Brenkert; nephews William Albert Griffin, Earl Stephen Hines and William (Bill) McNew; and a host of other loving family and friends.
Preceding her in death were her parents; one brother, William Alton Griffin; sisters-in-law Ella Pauline McNew Hines, Margaret Griffin and Bonnie Stone McNew; brothers-in-law Ted Gray and Earl Seastrunk Hines and two nieces, Rosemary Elizabeth Hines and Kathleen McNew Campbell.
Mrs. McNew was valedictorian of the 1937 Hatfield, Ark., High School graduating class and earned her bachelor’s degree from Southeastern Oklahoma State University. She was a math teacher in her younger years. Norma was a devoted wife, mother and Babba (grandmother) and was also a talented seamstress, pianist, and cook. Norma was an avid reader and enjoyed crossword puzzles which she and her husband did together each day at lunch for 30-plus years. She was an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Commerce and the Dough Rollins Sunday School class for 53 years; she sometimes played piano for early church. She was also a member of the University Dames Club, the Delphian Club, United Methodist Women, numerous PTAs, and the Eastern Star.
Pallbearers include Seth McNew, Parker Foote, Greg Hill, Luke Hill, Chris Carter, and Eric Brenkert. Members of the Dough Rollins Sunday School class are honorary pallbearers.  
Services were Monday, March 16, at the First United Methodist Church in Commerce with visitation at 1 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall and the funeral service at 2 p.m. in the sanctuary. Services were officiated by Dr. Gregory S. Neal, and the eulogy was given by the Honorable Earl S. Hines, nephew of the deceased. Burial was in Rosemound Cemetery in Commerce. Services were under the direction of Coker-Mathews Funeral Home in Greenville.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church in Commerce; or to the L. Doyne and Norma McNew Scholarship Fund at Texas A&M University-Commerce, P.O. Box 3011, Commerce, TX 75429.
Online condolences may be made at www.cokermathews.com
Published on  March 22, 2015
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