Norma Lou McMillen
Norma Lou Penner Mc-Millen was born February 3, 1940 to Kenneth and Reba McCall Penner in Oologah, Okla. She was the second born after her sister Charlene Yates and before her younger sister Patricia Smith. She entered eternal rest on Dec. 15, 2018.
Norma grew up with a lot of aunts and uncles. She loved telling stories of her younger days growing up with her uncles who called her “spriecks.” Norma lived her childhood when money was scarce, but “rich” with family. They had big family get-togethers with large meals, kids playing in the creek, hunting and fishing.
Norma graduated from Oologah High School in 1958. Norma was a member of Zion Hill Church.
There she served as secretary/treasurer. She enjoyed helping with vacation bible school, Oologah Schools backpack program, and anyone that needed help. She was also a member of the Eastern Star.
Norma’s first job was a telephone operator in Dallas, Texas. That job did not last long, as a young man named Monroe (from Oologah) drove to Dallas and convinced her to come back home to Oologah. They were married June 30, 1960 and enjoyed 58 beautiful years together. During their years together they lived in Tacoma, Washington where Monroe was stationed in the Army. While there Norma’s niece and nephew, Paula and Kenny Springer became a part of the family. Their oldest son, Kip Monroe was born. Shortly after that Monroe was discharged and they moved back to Oologah. Two years later Daren Lee was born making the family complete. The houses were small, but the love was big.
Norma worked in the banking industry for many years. She held positions at American
Exchange Bank in Collinsville, Lakeside State Bank, and Bank of the Lakes in Oologah. Her gift in “detail” made her very successful in her jobs. The McMillen’s hosted jackpot team ropings every Tuesday and Friday night for 10 years. Norma kept time and ran the books. Whatever her boys were involved in is where her interests lay. She sat through many rodeos and stayed awake late many nights waiting on a phone call to hear them say they were okay! Whether it was roping, bull riding, saddle bronc, fishing, golf, or motorcycles – That is what she loved, because that what her boys loved.
She loved her boys, nieces and nephews dearly, but when the grandkids came her love went to a whole new level.
Her first grandchild was Kade, making her the “best MeMe ever!” Then came Kelton, Mikayla, and Kyler. She rocked those babies, played trucks, fished and hiked.
Norma is survived by her husband Ray Monroe McMillen of the home. Her boys, Kip McMillen and wife Karen, of Paden, OK, Daren McMillen and wife Laura, of Springdale, AR. Her grandchildren, Kelton McMillen and wife Summer, of Paden, OK, Mikayla McMillen and fiancé Christian Musteen, of Springdale, AR, Kyler McMillen and wife Megan, of Claremore, OK. Great Granddaughter, Sonora Ray McMillen, of Paden, OK. She also left behind her beloved fur baby, Missy.
Norma is proceeded in death by her father Kenneth Penner, her mother Reba McCall Penner Pearson, step-father Thomas Pearson, sister Charlene Penner Yates, grandson Labrier Kade McMillen.
Visitation will be 2-8 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018 at the Collinsville Dolton Funeral Home. The family will be present 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018 at the Zion Hill Church in Oologah, OK with Pastor Wendell Ban and Pastor David Priest officiating. Interment will follow at the Wann Cemetery.
Services are under the direction of Collinsville Dolton Funeral Home.