Norma Lou Couch, passed away on September 24, 2023, in her hometown of Chouteau, Oklahoma. Norma was born on September 19, 1941, in Chouteau, Oklahoma, and spent over 54 years as a cherished resident of the Chouteau area. Norma was married to A.C. Couch on May 29, 1959, in Chouteau, Oklahoma. Their love story was one of commitment and companionship that inspired everyone who knew them. Norma and A.C. formed a bond that withstood the tests of time and brought joy to their lives. One of Norma's great joys in life was tending to her garden. With tender care and a green thumb, she cultivated beautiful flowers and plants that brought color and life to her surroundings. Fishing held a special place in Norma's heart. Whether casting her line into calm waters or spending hours on the shore enjoying the gentle rhythm of nature's symphony, she found tranquility in the act of fishing. Sewing was another passion Norma pursued with skill and creativity. She poured love into every stitch. One cannot mention Norma's hobbies without acknowledging her adventurous spirit. Motorcycle riding provided a sense of freedom and excitement that fed her soul. The wind against her face and the thrill of the open road ignited a sense of exhilaration within her. Memories made during these rides will forever be cherished by those lucky enough to have experienced them alongside Norma. Above all else, Norma valued family time. Being surrounded by loved ones filled her heart with immeasurable joy. Whether it was gathering around the dinner table, going on family vacations, or simply enjoying quiet moments together, Norma treasured every opportunity she had to connect and bond with her family. Her love for them knew no bounds. Norma's impact reached far beyond her own family. She was a beacon of light in her community, always ready to lend a helping hand or offer comforting words to those in need. Her compassionate nature touched the lives of many and left an indelible mark on the hearts of all who knew her. Norma Lou Couch will be dearly missed by her loving husband, A.C., their children, extended family, friends, and all those whose lives she touched. Although she may no longer be physically present with us, her spirit will forever live on through the memories we shared and the love she bestowed upon us.
Norma is survived by her husband A.C. Couch of the home; sons, Kevin Couch and wife Kim of Chouteau, Oklahoma and Roger Couch of Chouteau, Oklahoma; 4 grandchildren, Amanda, Keith, Cody and Shelby; 5 great grandchildren, Lucy, Charlie, Aubrey, Amelia, and Brynn; and many other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, Hozy and Lema (Dyer) Chidester; sisters, Ophilia "Tony", Fredia, Shirley and Nona; and brothers, Wayne, Don, Dean, and Carol.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, September 27, 2023 in the Shipman's Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in the Chouteau North Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 26, 2023 at Shipman's Funeral Home in Pryor. To leave her family a message, please visit her Tribute Wall at www.shipmansfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Shipman's Funeral & Cremation Service.