Norma O. Stephenson

Passed on February 25th, with the same peace and grace in which she lived during her78 years.

Norma was born in El Paso, TX and attended El Paso High School and moved to Newark, NJ where she worked as Assistant to the Chief of Police. After marrying Leroy Stephenson, Norma put all of her energies into raising their three children.  When the family moved to Newark, Delaware, Norma returned to work and retired from MBNA America after many years of service.  Her children matured, but her “family” never dwindled in size because Norma’s world was always expanding with friends and neighbors who looked to her for spiritual guidance and motherly comfort.  Their circle of love seamlessly surrounded her in preparation for her final journey into the arms of her Heavenly Father.

She is survived by sons, Lee M. Stephenson (Nancy Turner) and Jason M. Stephenson of Newark; daughter, Sandra  M. Stephenson and her grandsons Trey Jones and Leon Smith; her sister Delia Green in Walsenburg, Colorado; and many nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by loving parents, Braulio Orozco and Lucretia Orozco of El Paso, TX and siblings: Angelina Orozco, Braulio Orozco, Jr. and Sandra Harvey.

Norma will be always remembered as a loving mother and grandmother and whose greatest passion was helping others. She leaves us rich in memories.

A service, celebrating her life, will be held at Ogletown Baptist Church, 316 Red Mill Rd, Newark, DE 19713 on March 1, 2019 with family fellowship beginning at 10 a.m. followed by the service at 11:00.   The family extends heartfelt thanks to her dear friends, Michelle Johnson and Marianne Palacio of Newark, Delaware who were tirelessly by her side during her illness. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in her name to your favorite charity.
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Submitted by Toni M Butterworth on
Norma was a great wonderful and loving person to everyone. She will be greatly missed. Thoughts and prayers go out to her family.

Submitted by The Smiths on
Our deepest condolences to the family. We are so sorry for your loss. May your loving memories of Norma help you through this difficult time. May our loving, heavenly Father, who is the God of all comfort, give you the strength and comfort that you need (2 Corinthians 1:3, Psalms 83:18). He promises us that soon, "He will wipe away every tear from their eyes and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore" (Revelation 21:3, 4). May all of His promises concerning our loved ones who have passed away give you peace.

Submitted by Ana Williams on
I am sadden by the loss of your love one, Norma O. Stephenson. May you have many happy memories. Since death came through a man, resurrection of the dead also comes through a man. In Adam all are dying, in Christ all will be made alive. 1 Corinthians 15 :21,22. Earthly Resurrection.