Norma Jean Ashabranner, 70, of Manila, died Sunday, July 7, 2002, at her home. Born at Dexter, Mo., she was the daughter of the late Walter and Rosa Moore White and had been a Manila area resident for most of her life. She was a retired school teacher. During her 38-year tenure as an educator she taught English at Manila High School and Gosnell High School and had also served on the Board of Education at Mississippi County Community College in Blytheville.
She is survived by two sons, Benton Ashabranner of Edmond, Okla., and Roy Lee Ashabranner of Little Rock; a brother, Lee White of Poplar Bluff, Mo.; a sister, Elsie Temples of Dexter, Mo.; and three grandchildren.
The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the First United Methodist Church in Manila with Rev. Craig Russell officiating. A graveside service will follow at 2 p.m. at the Sycamore Cemetery near Dexter with burial under the direction of Howard Funeral Service of Manila.
The family will receive visitors this evening (Tuesday) from 6-8 p.m. at the Howard Funeral Chapel in Manila.
The family requests anyone wishing to leave a lasting memorial consider the First United Methodist Church in Manila.