Norma Lee Mapes

Norma Lee Mapes, 88, ascended into heaven on Sunday, November 26, 2023.

Norma was born on February 12, 1935, in Coffeyville, Kansas to the late Homer and Thelma Wooster.

She is survived by family members including: her brother Arthur Wooster, her daughter Victoria DesPrez (Kert), her son John Mapes Jr. (Theresa) and her 9 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

Daughter of a railroad executive, Norma traveled across the U.S.  As a little girl she lived in Los Angeles during the Japanese Encampment, which impacted her greatly.  Later, she moved to the Mojave Desert, where she played with children from the neighboring Indian village. Norma’s experience witnessing cultural misappropriation saddened her heart and she often found ways to create positive relationships regardless of station.  Her compassion and strong faith led her to work in the church where she was a loved Sunday school teacher.  She often wore a mustard seed on her clothing to remind her and those around her how God creates something beautiful and strong from the smallest speck. Upon living in Arizona, she met the love of her life, Jack Mapes.  They shared 64 years of marriage until his passing.  For 22 years, they shared an adventurous journey traveling across the US.  In Norma’s later years she enjoyed cooking and taking her grandkids to the library.  She was an advocate for children and placed importance on education.  Norma’s legacy lives on through her children and grandchildren.

A visitation will be on Monday, December 4, 2023 from 5:00pm – 8:00pm at the Crowder Funeral Home in La Marque,  funeral service will be at 7:00pm with Elder Johnathan Coit officiating.

Norma will be laid to rest next to her late husband, Jack, at the Houston National Cemetery.


  1. We will miss your beautiful mother when visiting her at Mardi Gras. She was such a sweet soul. May her memory be a blessing to your family.

    Kate and Ken

    Kate Marx
  2. I’m sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    With love,
    Carolyn and Will

    Carolyn Davis
  3. All your precious memories will get you thru this difficult time and make you smile again real soon. We treasure our friendship with you and Kert and you and your loved ones are in our hearts and prayers. We care and we are here for y’all. Love y’all, Janet and Trent

    Janet Morgan
  4. I didn’t really know your Mom but my Dad lives across the hall at the Meridian and I know she was taken very good care of. The staff there are terrific. I hope your memories will help you through this difficult time. Take care.

    Barbara Legate
  5. Our condolences to the family. Norma & Jack were second parents to me. I am eternally grateful for their love & mentoring. Forever grateful, Tim Dodson

    Tim Dodson

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