Norma Bauman

Norma Lee Bauman, 67, a resident of Fairfield, passed away Monday, February 12, 2024 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

Per Norma’s wishes, she will be cremated. A memorial gathering for family and friends will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to Noah’s Ark Animal Foundation. Behner Funeral Home in Fairfield is assisting the family.

Norma was born July 27, 1956 in Centerville, Iowa, the daughter of Harold R. and Alice Mae (Burlingmair) Bauman. Norma served in the Army in the early 1980s.

Norma enjoyed meeting people through work with insurance agents in Oklahoma, Colorado, and Fairfield, as a staff member of Fairfield motels, as a member of the Fairfield Library staff, and most recently, as the event coordinator of the McElhinny House in Fairfield. She enjoyed riding motorcycles, riding in Lee Morton’s classic cars, and “pet sitting” for friends.

Those left to honor her memory include her sisters, Joan (Kenneth) McKee of Fairfield and Mary Biggs of Fairfax Station, Virginia; nieces, nephews, and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Kenneth Bauman, and brother, James Bauman, who died in infancy.

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