Norma Jean Moss was born in Gonzales, TX on October 1, 1948 to Joseph Eli Green, Sr. and Delores Hendershot Green and passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 10, 2022. She had been a member of the First Baptist Church, the LVN Association of Texas and the Elks Lodge.
Norma Jean spent her younger years going to school, riding horses, and participating in 4-H Horse Shows. She, her parents, and her brother spent most of their weekends in the summer on Lakewood where Norma Jean loved to waterski, a passion she passed on to her daughter. It was there at Lakewood that she met the love of her life, Jon Moss, whom she married on June 8, 1979.
Norma graduated High School in 1967 and went into the workforce for about 10 years before deciding to go to the police academy with her dear friend Rachel Trevino. She and Rachel graduated police academy in 1976 and she was the first female officer sworn into the Gonzales Police Department at a whopping 4’9” and 98 lbs. Her children often teased her about how small she was and if anyone was ever really intimidated by her, but in truth, her children were much more afraid of their mom than they ever were their dad. Norma Jean left GPD a couple of years later and entered into the medical field. She spent years as a Respiratory Therapist at Gonzales Memorial Hospital and later decided to go back to school to become an LVN. Once she graduated, she spent several years as an LVN for Cartwheel Nursing Home and eventually ended up as a Home Health Nurse for Memorial Hospital which was her passion. She loved the team of nurses she worked with and made some of her very best friends there. She also fiercely loved her patients. When the government started having cutbacks on the number of visits that her patients could have every week, Norma Jean went and purchased medical supplies with her own money and saw many of them on her own time, regardless of if she was supposed to or not. Her only concern was that they had the best care that she could give them. Her children often described her as the most caring and compassionate woman that they have ever known. She loved everyone that she met with her whole heart and would do anything to help anyone.
In 2006, Norma Jean left nursing when she found out that her first grandchild was on the way. In February 2007, she was present her precious KK entered the world. That day her whole world evolved into something more wonderful than her wildest dream could imagine. She absolutely loved being a Grammy and spent countless hours with her babies and always talked about how much she loved being a grandma. Her grandchildren were her whole world and she loved them more than anything.
Norma Jean is survived by her son, Joey Moss and wife, Danie, daughter, Andra Fridrich and husband Ryan and niece who she helped to raise, Michelle Fernandez and husband Trent, grandchildren, Kayleigh Jo Fridrich, Jon David Moss, Samuel Eli Moss, Aribella Priscilla Moss and Annabelle Penelope Moss, nephews Jeffrey Pekar, Jaxton Pekar and nieces Ashley Pekar and Ainsley Pekar. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother, Joseph Eli Green, Jr. and niece Makayla Pekar.
A Memorial Service will be held at 10 am Tuesday, August 16, 2022 in the Gonzales First Baptist Church with Rev. Joshua Breslaw and Rev. Gary Thibodaux officiating. Interment will be held at a later date in Saturn Cemetery. Honorary Pallbearers are Ryan Fridrich, Trent Fernandez, Jeffrey Pekar, Haskell Hendershot, James Hendershot, Brett Kuntschik, Kim Stewart, Dr. Terry Eska and Dr. William Craig.
The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff at Texan Nursing and Rehab, Dr. Terry Eska and Dr. William Craig for all the years of care that they provide for Norma Jean and to the Gonzales community, their friends, family and co-workers for their love and support over the last few weeks. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to First Baptist Church, Norma’s House and the Texan Nursing and Rehab Activities Department. Friends may leave their condolences to the family by visiting www.seydlerhillfuneralhome.com. Services are under the care and direction of Seydler-Hill Funeral Home.