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Norma Lea Mock, 84, West Plains Missouri, was born the daughter of the late Robert L. Bender and Alvina Marie (Hicks) Bender, on September 21,1938 in Swan, Iowa, and died August 13, 2023 at her home in West Plains, Missouri.

She is survived by two children Robert Keith Mock, and Sherry Angela Brainard: five brothers Jerry Elmo Bender, Mark Allen Bender, Daniel Eugene Bender, David Leo Bender, and Robert Earl Bender; three sisters Ruby Marie Bowers, Lillie Mae Benefiel, and Junella Lynn Bender; fourteen grandchildren, and twenty four great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Robert L. Bender and Alvina Marie (Hicks) Bender; two brothers, James Thomas Bender, and Gary Dean Bender; two nephews, Richard Allen Bowers and Gary Eugene Bender, and one niece Laura Deann Benefiel.

She was a member of the Center of God Church, West Plains. She enjoyed working with her flowers, and taking care of her chickens. She enjoyed her dogs and putting her puzzles together.

Graveside services for Norma Lea Mock, will be held Saturday August 19, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. at Howell Valley Cemetery, Howell County Missouri, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.

Visitation will be held at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Friday, August 18, 2023.

Memorial Contributions, may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project , West Plains Humane Society, or the American Cancer Society, and can be left at the Carter Funeral Home, Inc. West Plains, Missouri.



  1. Amber(Cozort)Redburn
    August 17, 2023 @ 9:59 am

    Sherry and Family,

    I want to extend my Deepest Sympathy to you on the passing of your Mother. I will be keeping you and your family in my daily prayers and thoughts. May God bless all of you and may God daily give each of you comfort, peace, strength, and encouragement during this time.

    In Christian Love,


  2. Teresa eldringhoff romans
    August 18, 2023 @ 7:11 pm

    Family, norma was a great gal. Though it’s been many years since I was around her, I always appreciated the care and concern she showed the residents when she worked at the nursing home. Such a caring soul. May she rest in peace.


  3. Lacey Marsh
    August 19, 2023 @ 12:44 am

    I know my dad and aunt Norma have their armas around each other’s shoulders right now in heaven, looking down, and my dad is saying to Norma: look at all the people who love you. They are gathering for you. And they are together in no pain and peace.


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