Norma Jean Cornelius age 82, of Ames, died at Israel Family Hospice House in Ames on Nov. 8, 2019. A gathering of friends and family will be 4-6:00 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019 at Grandon Funeral and Cremation Care, 414 Lincoln Way, Ames, Iowa; with a time of remembering Norma at 6:00 p.m. Burial will be at Ames Municipal Cemetery.
Norma was born to Reid and Bertha Taylor in Greene County, Iowa on August 25, 1937. She graduated from Bayard High School and she met Donald Cornelius the couple was wed on June 10, 1956. The couple was blessed with three children Debbra, Steven, Rick. She was very active in raising their children, once the children were older Norma worked at Iowa State University Alumni Association until 1982. Norma and Don made their home on the North side of Ames and enjoyed the grandchildren and later the great grandchildren with summer get togethers, and special times around the Holiday's.
Norma is survived by her husband Don Cornelius, her children, Debbra (John) Tiller of Omaha Ne;, Steven (Deb) Cornelius, of Story City; Rick Cornelius of San Diego, Ca;, 5 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, and brothers Wayne and Dee Taylor.
Memorials may be directed to Israel Family Hospice House in Ames.
Online condolences may be directed to: www.grandonfuneralandcremationcare.com.
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Well this saddens me SO much. I carried mail to the family the last several years and my customers became more than just addresses. My thoughts are with you all, Sandy Hunerdosse
I and many other polio survivors will be forever grateful for Norma's leadership, deep concern & love for all of us from the time she cofounded the Iowa Polio Survivors group until it disbanded in 2015. She will be missed not only by those in Iowa but others across the country who she met at conferences and by internet. Godspeed, dear friend! love Janice
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