Norma Jean Dear

May 20, 1935 - February 23, 2024
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Norma Jean Gerber Dear passed on to meet her Savior, Jesus Christ, February 23, 2024 at the age of 88.  Born in Dover, Ohio on May 20, 1935, she was the daughter of the late Andrew and Mary Bartholomew Gerber.  She is survived by her husband the Rev. Paul L. Dear, daughter Debra Kay Dear of California, son Stephen Paul Dear
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Rhoda Bryan left a message on March 9, 2024:
My condolences to Uncle Paul, Steve and his family, Debra and to Aunt Norma's other friends and family. My Mother was Uncle Paul's sister. For many years Aunt Norma corresponded with me when I lived in California and, now, in Ohio. She encouraged me with love, scriptures and gifts. I appreciate that she stayed in my life as she aged.
Lynne and Bob Rose left a message on February 29, 2024:
Dear Paul, we are so sorry for your loss but we know that Heaven is richer and sweeter for Norma's presence. What a lovely and kind person she was to all and her humor was so unique. I always loved that she sat in the back seat of the car-I told her it was like the movie Driving Miss Daisy except it was Driving Mrs. Norma. She never spoke quickly or harshly but carefully thought out each word she said-what a precious and godly person. I know you loved her deeply and cherished her each day. May the presence of our great Comforter hold you close and give you peace as you grieve Norma's passing. You have been a comfort and given words of hope and encouragement to many. May they be returned to you in manifold ways with wonderful memories and moments of your life together in ministry through the years. We love you, Paul. God be with you and bless and keep you.
Alice Northcutt left a message on February 28, 2024:
I have so many special memories of Norma, my dear Dear friend for many years. Paul and Norma have been like family to me and I have been blessed by their friendship, prayers, and encouragement.
Jim Robinson / Chris Robinson left a message on February 27, 2024:
Dear Brother Paul, Chris and I offer our most sincere love and prayers for you during this time--and in the days to come. May our Lord's presence and comfort rest upon you, and may His Word that you have shared with so many others through the years strengthen you now.
Nancy Harris left a message on February 26, 2024:
Brother Paul and family, I am very sorry that you no longer have "Dear Sister Dear" here with you.... What a sweet and godly lady! Please know that the IM family is holding you up in prayer as you reminisce and miss her.
Greenlawn left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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