Norma V. McAllister

First Posted: 1/21/2008


Norma V. McAllister, 87, of Lima, died at 7:10 a.m. Jan. 19, 2008, at the Ridge at Shawnee.

She was born May 31, 1920, in Calgary, Alberta, to Walter J. and Bessie Evelyn Hope Coffin, who preceded her in death. On Jan. 31, 1942, she married Roy William McAllister, who died in 1987.

Mrs. McAllister was a homemaker. She was a member of Market Street Presbyterian Church where she had taught a Senior High Sunday school class. She also was a member of the Child Conservation League, Lost Creek Country Club, Lima Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and the Shawnee Township board of appeals. She had been a presiding judge in her precinct for the Allen County board of elections. She was a volunteer for Johnny Appleseed Park District for 15 years and the YWCA since 1977. She had been a saleswoman at Gregg's and Lazarus and had worked in the Girl Scout office. She loved birds, especially cardinals.

Survivors include a son, William "Bill" (Cathy) McAllister, of Fostoria; three daughters, Janet (Tom) Wright, of Cornelius, N.C., Nancy (Paul) Stoner, of Lima, and Gail (Tom) LeSavage ,of Boulder, Colo.; a brother, Lionel (Petrel) Coffin, of San Diego; nine grandchildren, Lori, Pam, Kelly, Jason, Matthew, Jay, Mary Ellen, Thomas W. and Andrew; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two stepsisters, Eilleen Whiteman and Wilma Post; and a stepbrother, Ford Lounsbury.

Private family services will be held at Bayliff & Son Funeral Home, Cridersville. The Rev. Susan T. Reichenberg will officiate. Burial will be in Shawnee Cemetery.

No public visiting hours are planned.

Memorial contributions may be given to Lima Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, the YWCA, or to Johnny Appleseed Park District.

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