Norma Jean Childers

norma childers


Norma Jean Childers

Norma Jean (Kidwell) Childers was born October 18, 1932 in Alliance, Nebraska to Lura May and David Ross Kidwell and big sister, Dorothy Mae. The family moved to Denver a few years later and eventually settled in the Cherrelyn area of Englewood. She attended Hawthorne School, Flood Middle School and graduated from Englewood High School in 1950. She worked at Woolworths in downtown Englewood. She attended church at First Baptist Tabernacle, later called First Baptist Church of Englewood, where she sang with four other girls as The Teentets. It’s also where she met the love of her life, Bob Childers, and they married in 1950. Bob and Norma Jean had four boys and two girls by 1963, but lost two of the boys, one in 1956 and one in 1959. They went on to own Childers Sharpening Service, first in their home, and then on South Broadway in 1969. The business is still there, run by youngest son, Randy.
Bob and Norma Jean moved to Sedalia in 1973, where they shared their place with many church groups, boy scouts and hosted lots of family events. They sold their property in 2008 and moved back to Englewood when their health required them to be closer to town.
Norma Jean passed away on March 11th at Brookside Inn in Castle Rock where she had lived for the past year. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister, two sons – Little Gene and Rusty, and her beloved husband Bob.
She is survived by her four children, Ray (Sandy) Childers, Randy (Kelly) Childers, Ronda (Chris) Caillouet and Reba (George Brown) Childers, eight grandchildren, Sybil, Casey, Sarah, Sheilah, Wade, Lane, Tanner and Lura, and 15 great grandchildren.  
Visitation will be Tuesday, March 18th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Bullock Mortuary in Englewood. Services are scheduled for Wednesday, March 19th at 10:00 am at Creekside Bible Church in Castle Rock. Lunch will follow the services and a graveside service at Chapel Hill Cemetery at 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Gideons International.

View current weather.

Memories Timeline


  1. Sorry to here about your Mother.  We remember what a good friend she was when we all went to Grace Calvary.

  2. At your mom's memorial service today I couldn't help but smile on the inside when I heard about the legacy she is leaving behind. Norma Jean taught a lot to her children and her children's children. Think about all the generations that will be blessed in some way by the life she lived. Michael and I send our heartfelt condolences and love to all Norma Jeans family.

Sign the Guestbook, Light a Candle