- Norma Pauline (Cogswell) Bates, 89, went to be with the Lord of her life, Jesus Christ and the love of her life, George, on November 15, 2016.
Norma was born April 13, 1927, daughter of Kenneth and Myrtle Cogswell of Fort Fairfield, Maine. At a young age Norma's family moved to the Sunny Knoll Farm on the Jackins Settlement Road in Hodgdon. She graduated from Hodgdon High School and then taught at the Hatfield School House in Linneus. This is where she met George and they married June 21, 1946.
Norma's greatest joy was being a wife and mother and her love for her family was evident in all she did. Her love for the Lord, her compassion for others, and gift of hospitality were a great influence on many lives. Music was a big part of Norma's life and she had a song for every occasion. She was a member of the Houlton Wesleyan Church.
Norma will be greatly missed by her children Kenneth and wife Maureen of Houlton, Richard and wife Flossie of Queensbury, New York, Cheryl and husband Dale of Fort Fairfield, David and wife Lisa of Houlton, Kimberly and husband Darren of Woodstock, NB, and adopted son Jeffrey Turcotte and wife Cheryl of Highpoint, North Carolina, along with her grandchildren Ben and wife Pam Nason, Heidi Nason, Sarah and husband Jackie Kelley, Stacey Bates, Paige and husband Joe Kahlbaugh, Bryan Gage Bates, Samantha and Brandon Hawkes, 10 great grandchildren and one great, great granddaughter. She is also survived by her sister Lavina Byron of Houlton, and brother William Cogswell of New York City, as well as several nieces and nephews.
Norma was predeceased by her parents, husband, sister Geraldine Dunn, and great grandson Amos Kelley.
A very special thanks to Madigan Health Care Services for the love and care provided by the special friends she made during her stay there. We would also like to thank Dr. H. Abouleish MD for the wonderful medical care he provided to our mother.
Funeral Services will be held 2 p.m., Sunday, November 20th2016, at the Houlton Wesleyan Church. Family and friends may call 1 p.m. until the time of the service at the church. Interment will be in the Evergreen Cemetery directly following the service.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Houlton Wesleyan Church building fund or charity of one's choice, in care of Dunn Funeral Home, 11 Park Street, Houlton, ME 04730.
Norma's prayer for you would be Numbers 6:24-26(NIV). "The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace."