Norma Hadachek - December 24, 2009
Norma Jean (Benson) Hadachek was born Nov. 13, 1937 and passed away Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009 near Boise City, Okla. enroute to spend the winter months in Arizona.
She was born Nov. 13, 1937 in Imperial, Neb. to Hartsel and Millie Benson.
She was raised on a farm near Wauneta, Neb. and moved to Imperial in 1950. She graduated from Chase County High School in 1955 and attended college in McCook, Neb.
Norma Jean taught country school from 1955 to 1956.
She married Bill Miller on June 17, 1956 and they lived in Ogallalla, Neb. Their son, Kirk, was born in 1959 and son, Mitch, in 1962. They lived in Cheyenne, Wyo., Ft. Morgan, Colo. and Sterling, Colo. before moving to Wray, Colo. in 1967. They opened a Coast to Coast Store and later the Tru-Value Hardware Store.
In 1977 Norma Jean opened her own store, NJ Fashions and continued in business until 1992 when she retired.
Norma Jean married Leonard Hadachek on Oct. 6. 1984 in Las Vegas, Nev.
She was a wonderful mother who never missed a school event and was like Mom to many in Wray. She spent a lot of time with her family on Lake McConaughy boating and water skiing. She loved to drive a grain cart during harvest season for some local farmers.
Norma Jean and Leonard did many things together including rebuilding the 1919 Hupp Mobile Roadster and a 1920 Reo Touring. They loved to dress for the era and participate in area parades. They traveled to Australia, Hawaii, Mexico, Nova Scotia, Canada, New Zealand, Alaska and a large part of the United States.
They started staying at Quartzsite, Ariz. in the winter of 2004. NJ was called the entertainment director and organized potluck suppers, joker games, wire wrapping jewelry classes and much more. She was a stranger to no one and everyone soon became a friend.
NJ had many hobbies including scrapbooking, sewing, making quilts, painting and helped her husband make dollhouses and other crafts for their grandchildren. She loved making Christmas presents for their grandchildren and putting together unique photo albums. She also was an avid card player and belonged to several bridge clubs. NJ loved to write letters and usually wrote at least one letter per day. When e-mail became available, her writing increased to 100 a month.
Norma Jean was a member of Chez Moi, Wray Hospital Auxiliary and the Moped Mommas in the 1970s.
NJ was preceded in death by her son, Kirk, in 1989, and her father, Hartsel Benson, in 1997.
She is survived by her husband, Leonard; son, Mitch Miller, and wife, Jennifer, of Omaha, Neb.; mother, Millie Benson, of Imperial; sisters, Carol Arnold, and husband of Ogallala, Shari Draper and husband of Sterling, Colo.; four bonus step-children; 13 grandchildren; two great grandchildren; many nieces nephews and friends.
Memorial services were held on Friday, Dec. 11, 2009 at 2 p.m. at the Wray United Methodist Church.
Memorials may be given to Wray Hospital Auxiliary or Hospice of the Plains.