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Barbara L. Norman

February 15, 1942 — December 26, 2022


Barbara L. Norman, age 80, of Topeka, KS, passed away on Monday, December 26, 2022, at Midland Hospice House.

She was born February 15, 1942, in Kansas City KS., to John R. and Bernice (Trotter) Hutton. Barbara graduated from Rosedale High School in 1960. She then attended and received her teaching certificate from Emporia State Teachers College in 1963 and obtained her Master’s in Education from Washburn University in 1973.

Barbara married James Haag and together, they had three sons, Raymond, Jeff and Jacob. They later divorced. On June 10, 1977, Barbara married Douglas “Doug” D. Norman at the First Baptist Church in Topeka. This union brought two more sons, Doug II and Brian, to the family. Together, they shared 43 years of marriage before Doug’s passing on January 18, 2021.

Barbara was a long-time member of the First Baptist Church in Topeka. She was active in the White Cross group with the church and participated with Al-Anon group in Topeka. In her spare time, she enjoyed quilting, traveling, spending time with her family, and rooting for KSU Wildcat football “Go Cats”. Barbara was an educator throughout her life. She taught various educational levels and retired from USD 501. She had a passion for teaching that impacted many students throughout her career.

Survivors include her five sons, Douglas D. Norman II (Pam) of Leavenworth, KS, Raymond W. Haag (Kelly) of Rawlins, WY, Jeffery M. Haag (Theresa) of Rawlins, WY, Jacob M. Haag (Tammy) of Topeka, Brian E. Norman (Darcie) of Topeka; and Sister Bobbie Rusnak of Leawood, KS. Other survivors include her beloved 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren and loving extended family.

She was preceded in death by her Parents; Husband, and Sisters Donna Jeanne Rankin, Ila Mae Fleming.

Private burial next to Doug took place at Memorial Park Cemetery-Topeka. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at the First Baptist Church, 3033 SW Macvicar Ave., Topeka, KS 66611, at 11:00 A.M., on Friday, June 16, 2023.

Memorial contributions can be made in Barbara’s memory to First Baptist Church, 3033 SW MacVicar Ave., Topeka, KS 66611. Contributions can be mailed or left with the funeral home.

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Arrangements entrusted to Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home, 800 SW 6th Avenue, Topeka, KS 66603.

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