It is with a heavy heart that we share the passing of our beloved mother, nana and friend, Norma Jean (Tate) Coverdale. Norma passed away peacefully surrounded by her children in Naples, Florida on June 14, 2022. She was 92 years old. Norma was born in Trezevant, TN, grew up in Huntingdon, TN and graduated from Peabody Teaching College (Vanderbilt University) in 1951. She married Robert Coverdale in 1957. Bob and Norma celebrated 63 years of marriage together. As an elementary school teacher, Norma earned the coveted role as “Miss Norma” on the popular children’s television show Romper Room at WSIX in Nashville, TN. Her talent was obvious and extraordinary as she taught pre-school children on live TV. Norma’s favorite roles were as military wife and full time mother. She gave her whole heart, purpose and time in making sure her family was cared for and becoming all they could be. Norma was a resilient and strong Air Force wife for 33 years. She was stationed in Okinawa Japan with Bob for more than three years, giving birth to two daughters while there. As Bob’s career advanced, she moved the family 11 times in 20 years volunteering countless hours supporting Air Force families and related causes. Norma spent her retirement years in Fairview Heights, IL traveling to see grandchildren and organizing family vacations on Sanibel Island - known within the family as “Nana and Papa’s Beach”. She loved watching nature from her back deck, rooting for the St. Louis Cardinals and doting on their poodle, Ellie. Above all, there was nothing more important to her than family. If you knew Norma Jean, you knew and felt her warm, kind, generous spirit and were certainly touched by her uncommon southern hospitality and graciousness. Norma was preceded in death by her parents, Howard and Maurine Tate of Huntingdon, TN, her daughter, Lori Coverdale, and her husband, Lt. Gen. Robert Coverdale. She is survived by her three children, Lisa Coverdale, Amy Kobza (Kim Patrick), and Tate Coverdale (Keira), and five grandchildren, Sam Coverdale, Katie Coverdale, Chris Hamm, Beth Hamm, and Kai Kobza. In remembrance of Norma’s life, the family asks that any charitable donations be made to the Down Syndrome Alliance of the Midlands in her honor.
Posted online on June 22, 2022
Published in Naples Daily News