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Funeral service for Norma Jean (Moore) Roe, of Chickasha, OK, will be 1:00 p.m., Saturday, April 28, 2016 in the Sevier Funeral Home Chapel.
Norma Jean (Moore) Roe was born in Chickasha, Oklahoma on June 25, 1931 to Mattie Fern Moore and Raleigh Moore.  She passed on April 19, 2016 in Spring Hill, Florida.  Jean, as she preferred to be called, is survived by her 3 children, Sandee Lund, Jerry Roe, and Gregory Roe, her 7 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren. 
Jean was known throughout Chickasha as the proprietor of the downtown landmark, Jean's dress shop.  The road to that success, however, like all of life, was not a linear one.  She, and her husband, Ramon "Sonny" Roe, were married on April 15, 1949.  Their first home, off of Highway 81 just past Country Club Road, was small by any calculation; and even lacked running water.  Despite this, their small home became the focal point of family and friend gatherings.  Many nights were spent in that home with singing and joke telling going late into the next morning.  Throughout their lives together, their homes would always be gathering places where people could feel comfortable.  Jean took whatever house they lived in and made them into homes.
Shortly after their marriage, Jean wanted to go to work to help support the family.  Sonny, as was the custom at the time, balked at this.  However, as would be a pattern throughout his life, Sonny's objections were over-ruled by Jean's logic and refusal to be limited in what she wanted to do. Jean's first job was with the Chickasha radio station.
In 1960, Jean and Sonny moved with their two children to California.  Jean thrived in California.  She became a realtor; and, a very successful one at that.  Her honesty and straight forwardness served her well.  She never tried to sell anyone anything.  She just tried to fit people with what they desired; and let the properties sell themselves.  It was that philosophy that made Jean's dress shop so successful.  Every employee, on the threat of termination, was instructed to never lie.  If it looks good, tell them.  If it looks bad, tell them.  People always could rely on Jean to not try to 'sell' them anything.
While in California, Jean and Sonny built a large circle of close friends that would remain close with them for the remainder of their lives.  Their friends would meet regularly for bowling and cards.  Jean was excellent at both.  In 1963, Jean and Sonny, bowled on television.  Jean won the tournament and Sonny got second.  They were quite the husband and wife duo, on and off the lanes.  Jean was an equally good card player.  Every Friday night, their friends would gather at each other's houses and play cards late into the morning.  Laughter and comradery filled the air each and every time.
In 1975, Jean and Sonny moved back to Chickasha from California.  Jean wanted to be closer to her aging mother and father so she could help them.  Family always came first for Jean.  Always!  She and Sonny packed the U-Haul, left thriving businesses and great friends, and went back home.  Money was important. But, family trumped everything.
Back in Chickasha, it was, for them, like they had never left.  The friendships that Sonny and Jean cultivated were more than friends, they were family.  Card nights continued.  The laughter and comradery continued; only now, it was old friends and family in Oklahoma.
Jean was a very strong person.  Someone who could not be ignored or denied.  Her presence in our family is a hole that all three children will work to fill with the same grace and strength she taught us.  Laughter and comradery will continue.  Love will be given freely.  Jean's kindness, strength and love will reverberate through generations to come; both in our family and in all of the families lives in which we all come into contact.
Jean's life is a lesson for us all.  The goings on of everyday life comes and goes.  But the love and kindness we show goes lives on forever.
Interment will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery under the direction of Sevier Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at www.sevierfuneralhome.com.
Published on April 26, 2016
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