Norma Jean Pohl of St. James, Missouri was born Friday, November 30, 1928 at Winona, Missouri to Mack and Dona (nee Derryberry) Cooper and passed away on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at the age of 91 years.
Norma grew up with her eight siblings in Birchtree, Missouri. Growing up she was by her father’s side helping on the farm and often joked she was a tomboy. After graduating high school at the age of 15, Norma earned her teaching certificate from the Teachers College in Springfield, Missouri. She taught one year in a one room schoolhouse before getting married and starting a family of her own.
Norma married Robert “Bob” Pohl.
She loved growing a garden every spring and then spending her summers canning. She raised and sold calves each year. She loved all animals, being outdoors and loved her family. In her younger years she spent many winter hours crocheting, quilting and reading.
The last part of her working career was owning and operating the Treasure Trove in Cuba, Missouri for several years. The only place in town that you could find something for everyone.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Mack and Donna Cooper; husband, Robert “Bob” Pohl; three sisters, Dorothy Norris, Rosalee and husband Leroy Nix, Pearl and husband Ed Etherton; three brothers, Paul Cooper, Merle and wife Lula Mae Cooper and Archie Cooper; one granddaughter, Brandy Lynn Kent McMillen; great grandson, Jordan Kent; and one son-in-law, Lowell Lund.
She is survived by her children, Robert “Bob” and wife Nancy Kent of St. James, Missouri, Elmer Ray and wife Judy Kent of Portland, Oregon, Shirley Mae Black of Hannibal, Missouri, Clark Kevin and wife Linda Kent of Cuba, Missouri, Victoria Regina Lund of Cannon, Missouri, Donna Sue and husband Jim Frier of Hannibal, Missouri, Thomas Jefferson Kent Jr. of Columbia, Missouri, Clifton Craig Edward Kent of St. James, Missouri and Karen Kay Ruble of Hannibal, Missouri; one sister, Juanita and husband Bob Wood of Birchtree, Missouri; 14 grandchildren, Robert “Rob” Kent III and wife Jeannie Kent of Salem, Missouri, Natalie Nicole Smeltser of Kansas City, Missouri, Kevin Ray Kent of Portland, Oregon, Marie and husband Alex of Portland, Oregon, Tammy Jenkins of Warrensburg, Missouri, BJ and wife Diane Lund of Warrensburg, Missouri, Cheryl and husband John Lancaster of Springfield, Missouri, Scott and wife Tonya Seddon of Hannibal, Missouri, Tommy and wife Penny Kent of Washington, Missouri, Andy Kent of Ashland, Missouri, Brian Kent of Ashland, Missouri, Rusty and wife Tina Ruble of Hannibal, Missouri, Racheal and husband Jay Chincone of Amos, Iowa, Bryan and wife Jenny Ruble of Jefferson, City, Missouri; great grandchildren; great great grandchildren; other relatives and friends.
A private graveside service was held Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at the Pohl Ranch Cemetery in St. James, Missouri.
Arrangements under the direction of the Mizell Funeral Home in Cuba, Missouri.