Norma Faye (Meeks) Boatwright

Friday, January 3, 2014

Norma Faye (Meeks) Boatwright, age 77, of Aurora, MO, passed away at 11:00 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, at the Aurora Nursing Center.

She was born Oct. 10, 1936, in Eureka Springs, AR, the daughter of Art and Evelyn (Hawkins) Meeks. She was a proud graduate of the class of 1954 from the School of the Ozarks High School, in Point Lookout, MO. She married William M. "Johnnie" Boatwright in Harrison, AR, on May 5, 1955. He preceded her in death on Aug. 5, 1992.

Norma was a Christian who loved her family. She lived most of her life in Eureka Springs where she was a homemaker, ran a licensed daycare from her home, and attended the First Baptist Church of Eureka Springs, AR, for 30 years. She enjoyed going to church on Sundays and being a part of her church family. Norma and her husband relocated to Sarcoxie, MO, in 1986 where she also ran a daycare from her home, and attended the First Baptist Church in Sarcoxie. In 2006 Norma moved to Aurora where she became a member of the First Baptist Church of Aurora. Norma loved children very much and throughout her life cared not only for her own children but also for many others. She became very close to each and every one of them and their families. She will always be remembered for her love of children.

She was preceded in death by her father, Art Meeks and her mother, Evelyn Meeks Putnam; five brothers, Leroy, Laverne, Jerry, Don, and Norman Meeks (died in infancy); and one sister, Dorothy "Meeks" Handley.

She is survived by: one son, Scott Boatwright and his wife Rhonda, of Aurora, MO; one daughter, Sherry Clark and her husband, Jackson, of Huntsville, AR; one brother, Jim Meeks and his wife, Rose, of Monett, MO; one sister, Pearl Meeks Walters, of Kansas City, MO; two sister-in-laws, Juanita Meeks of Kansas City, MO and Sharon Meeks of Vista, CA; five grandchildren, CPT (P) Brandon Boatwright of Fort Leonard Wood, MO, Travis Boatwright of Chicago, IL, John Boatwright of Huntsville, TX, Ashley Henderson of Farmington, AR, and James Clark of Russellville, AR, and three great-grandchildren, Aubrey Boatwright, Landon Boatwright and Hailey Henderson.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, at the Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home in Aurora, MO followed by a graveside service at 2 p.m. at the Beaver Cemetery in Beaver, AR. Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 30, in the funeral home chapel.

Online condolences may be shared at www.CraftonCantrellFuneralHome.com.