Norma Calhoun Avary, 86, passed away in her home on June 10, 2010. She was born in Verda, La. on May 15, 1924 to Sam and Anne Lowry Calhoun. Her parents died when she was very young and she and her five siblings were raised by their maternal grandmother. She grew up in several towns and cities in Louisiana before moving and settling in the small west Texas town of Monahans in her early 20s.

She met Kenneth Avary in Monahans in 1948 and they were married on May 23, 1952.

Norma was a gourmet and home style cook. She was a professional caterer for many years in Monahans and made beautiful wedding cakes. Her was an accomplished seamstress and gardener. She also wrote poems and stories about their lives. Norma was an avid golfer for over 20 years picking up the game in 1976 at age 52 after both daughters graduated from high school. She was also a longtime member of Beta Sigma Phi (an international, social, cultural and service organization for women) in Monahans and served as President in 1979-80.

In 2000, her husband of 48 years passed away and 17 months later she moved to Corpus Christi to be closer to her daughter and three grandchildren. She loved living in Corpus Christi.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Jesse Avary; her daughter, Kim Avary Stafford; and two brothers, Bill and Lloyd Calhoun.

Norma is survived by her daughter, Marty Avary of Corpus Christi; three grandchildren, Scott Hook of Spring, Becky Hook of San Marcos, and Angela Hook of Huntsville; one brother, Wilbur Calhoun of Bastrop, La.; two sisters, Irma Williams of Monroe, La., and Dean (Charles) Daughdrill of Gladewater; numerous nieces and nephews in Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana; and her Bengal cat, Noji.

She was a Catholic and member of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church. A Rosary was recited at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church on Saturday, June 12, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. and a Memorial Mass was celebrated immediately afterward with Rev. Msgr. Michael Howell as celebrant.

Memorial donations may be sent to the American Cancer Society or Angel Bright Hospice, 3213 Holly Road, Corpus Christi, Texas 78413.

Sawyer-George Funeral Home