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Norma Jean Setzer Burnette | Obituaries | journalpatriot.com – Wilkes Journal Patriot

Norma Jean Setzer Burnette, 85, of Wilkesboro passed away Aug. 15, 2022, at her home, surrounded by family. She was born Feb. 21, 1937, in Catawba County to Avery Eugene and Naomi Huffman Setzer. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John D. Burnette.
Norman Jean is survived by two daughters, Alisa Burnette-Anderson (Johhny) and Susan Burnette; sister, Linda Setzer Little (Craig); grandchildren, Jonathan Burns (Jeni), Matthew Burns (Rachel), Brent Walker and Micah Burns; great-grandchild, Rowan Burns numerous nieces and nephews and extended loved ones.
An outstanding educator, Norma Jean taught for 38-plus years as an early childhood educator. She received numerous accolades from students, parents, co-workers, administrators and community folks for her dedicated service to public education. Norma Jean wasn’t “just a teacher” with a class of children. She was an excellent example of a loving mentor and one who went “above and beyond,” giving real life experiences at holidays and day-to-day acts of praise and support. It wasn’t unusual for someone to see her outside the world of education to acknowledge what a difference she made in someone’s life.
In addition to her love for learning and teaching, Norma Jean had a heart for missions. She and he family went to Hong Kong in 1973-74 as missionaries. John was the first principal of Win Kwong College, an English-speaking Christian school for Chinese students and Norma Jean taught music and English. Numerous mission trips included China, Africa, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Honduras, Costa Rica, Guatemala and Romania. She also led a number of Bible studies in her home, community and church. She was active in the life of local churches when she was asked to direct choirs, play piano or organ and/or sing with family members on special occasions.
Norma Jean was a faithful member of Wilkesboro Baptist Church. She sang in the choir, worked in vacation Bible schools, volunteered in the nursery, taught Sunday School classes and supported her church monetarily. When she was unable to attend church, she made it a point to watch the program on TV. She loved the Lord and often gave her testimony whenever she had the opportunity.
The was active in the Auxiliary of The Gideons International and served in many roles, including president of the local south camp. She helped with numerous scripture distributions. She was an active member of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International and served as president of the local chapter in 1996-1998. She was also actively involved in the North Carolina Reading Association. She served as chapter president in Wilkes and later became its state president. Norma Jean will be sorely missed by her family and friends here, but she is looking forward to seeing Jesus and other family members in a glorious heavenly celebration.
A Celebration of Life service will be held 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, 2022, at Wilkesboro Baptist Church with Dr. Chris Hefner and Rev. Al Andrews officiating. Entombment will be in Scenic Memorial Gardens Mausoleum. The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home.
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