Norma Jean Moslander Obituary

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.


17 thoughts on “Norma Jean Moslander Obituary

  1. My sincere sympathy for the loss your loved one. Only eternity will reveal all that she has açcomplished for the kingdom of God. No one could ever Know her without loving her. I believe that is because they sensed she sincerely loved them. She was truly a saint of the Lord.

    1. My mama loved those Heard kids! Your family sang your way into heart. She always called you ‘Nita to us, and told us what a sweet spirit and kind-hearted cousin you were, one to be emulated. Thank you for meeting us for the burial. It was so good to see you again.

  2. I was blessed to be a part of Norma’s (Dinky, as she was known] life growing up. We shared the cowgirl things and looked forward to the western movies every Saturday . She was my best friend and best sis anyone could want. Her memory will always fill a large part of my heart. So happy and truly blessed to have had her in my life.

    1. Her stories about you and love for you were legendary! I’m so glad she had such a close sister, a partner in crime and duet-singing cowgirl in her life. You meant so much to her. I always knew: Aunt Pat is special!

  3. NORMA WAS A REAL JEM. I REMEMBER HER COOKING FOR THE CHILDREN AT HANSEL AND GRETEL DAY CARE. THE CHILDREN LOVED HER. I LOVED HER SINGING. I REMEMBER SHE ALWAYS WANTED A DOG. SHE WAS A REAL SWEET LADY OF GOD. SHE WOULD COME WITH ROSS TO PASTOR LENNYS CHURCH. I WILL SEE YOU IN HEAVEN. LOVE YOU

  4. Mama Norma was a gift from God given to me in a very hard time in my life. Her love, prayers, hugs helped me when nobody else could. I so respected her and will miss her. Such a precious gift to me.

    1. You were not only dearly loved by her, but a gift to our family when we needed a close neighbor and friend to watch over her. Love you, Alyce.

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