On Thursday July 1, 2021, Norma Jean Moslander, loving wife, gracious mother, and wildly adored grandmother, passed away at the age of 83.
Norma was born to Everett W. Allison and Bernice (Quick) Allison Hallett on June 8, 1938 in Des Moines, Iowa. Always a daddy’s girl, she grew up planning to be a horse-riding cowgirl and spent her childhood in western wear and spurs, going to Dale Evans-Roy Rogers matinees every Saturday, and, with a rope in hand, lassoed many an imaginary horse.
On August 24, 1957, Norma married A. Ross Moslander. They raised five children, three sons, Joe, Tim, and Dana, and two daughters, Jeanie and Tami.
Besides marrying Ross, an ordained minister and the man of her dreams, raising her children was the great love and achievement of her life. She served beside Ross as a dearly treasured pastor’s wife in multiple congregations across 6 states. In ministry, she was known for her great compassion, and as a sensitive prayer warrior for others. She was an avid camera buff, becoming a professional horse photographer in her 50s with magazine covers to her credit. Norma enjoyed creativity and art and won ribbons and trophies for her entries at the county fair. She could play any instrument she picked up and her piano playing was the sound of the Moslander family upbringing, where her children would join her to sing gospel hymns and Dottie Rambo songs throughout their growing up years. Norma could communicate and gain the trust of all animals and whistle the birds right out of the trees. She had an unusual exuberance about life and the beauty in the world, and never met a person she didn’t end up loving with every ounce of her heart. Not once. She was truly like Nathaniel in the Bible when Jesus said of him, “in whom there is no guile.”
Norma passed away following a long bout of Alzheimer’s Disease. But as with everything in her life, she managed to laugh and silly-dance through this “long good-bye” with strength and grace, looking for and creating joy and fun for her family and friends. She loved spending as much time with her loved ones as possible, insisting they traipse through the meadow with her to see flowers, chase butterflies and smile for her camera, again and again. On her final day, she got to be home, with her children, Tami and Joe, and with her husband whispering loving words in her ear, releasing her, and letting her go.
Norma was preceded in death by her father, Everett W. Allison, her beloved stepmom, Opal Allison, her mom, Bernice Quick Hallett; her sisters, Diane Brown, Helen Baker, and her brother, Everett “Cab” Allison.
Norma is survived by her five children Jeanie (Dave) Rhoades of Firestone, Colorado, Joseph Allen Moslander of Valrico, Florida, Timothy Joel (Julie) Moslander of Butte, Montana, Tamara Dawn (Gerron) Ayento of Valrico, Florida and Dana Mitchell Moslander of Hobart, Indiana; and two daughters-in-law, Robin Niewenhuis and Dawn Moslander. She also leaves behind 15 adoring grandchildren, Tara (Dave) Rhoades-Powers, Stephanie (Tristan) Rhoades-Kelley, Tredessa (Ryan) Rhoades-Faaland, Rocky (Jovan) Rhoades, Stormie (Adam) Rhoades-Haag; Elise (Matt) Moslander-Leonard, Ross (Kayla) Moslander, Christiana (Christo) Moslander-Wolmarans, Corbin Moslander; Zachary (Heather) Moslander, Seth (Lizzy) Moslander, Caleb Moslander; Jordan (Alise) Moslander, Jared (Brittany) Moslander, and Austin Moslander, along with 27 great-grandchildren and another due in August. She is survived by two sisters, Pat Cocke of Warsaw, Missouri, Judy Allison of Ames Iowa, and a brother-in-law, Don (Helen) Baker of Des Moines, Iowa. Norma also leaves behind many beloved nieces and nephews including her two very close nephews, Billy Heard and Steve Lame, spiritual children and devoted friends across the nation from every church she and Ross pastored, and a deep love for the nation of China, where she left many Bibles, words of hope and encouragement and seeds of the Gospel.
A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at the Living Faith Church of God, 3777 Nolands Fork Rd, Richmond, IN, at 11 o’clock A.M. on Saturday July 31, 2021. All friends and family are welcomed to attend to share in celebrating Norma’s life. The immediate family will gather for a private burial at a later date in Ravenwood, Missouri.
Flowers may be sent to Living Faith Church. 3777 Nolands Fork Rd, Richmond, IN
Memorial contributions to honor Norma Moslander may be sent to
Smokey Mountain Home for Children, 449 McCarn Circle, Sevierville, TN 37862
The family would like to thank Brandon Funeral Services of Brandon, FL for their kind assistance in handling the details surrounding our beloved Norma Jean’s passing.