Norma Jean Sauter


Norma Jean Sauter, 90 of Portland Mills, passed away Monday, July 17th at her home. She was born on March 15, 1927 in Indianapolis to the late Michael Denton White and Mary Lorraine (Watson) Baker. On March 15, 1947 in Indianapolis, she married William L. Sauter. William passed away in January of 2000.

Norma graduated from Emanuel High School and then attended Indiana University and Indianapolis University. She worked as a food editor for Saturday Evening Post, and as a secretary for Mertz Engineering where they made the first space capsules. She served as President of Indiana Business and Professional Woman’s Association. She a board member of Portland Mills Christian Church, where she was a member. She was very proud of her property’s history, which was part of the Underground Railroad, and the Pre Historic Indian Encampment on her properity. In her later years she enjoyed painting, reading numerous books, and her family.

She is survived by her children; William M. (Debra) Sauter, Portland Mills, Laura Jean (John) Dobson, Manhattan, grandchildren; Adam French, William Sauter, Nicholas Sauter, Trenton Sauter, Felicia Romalia, Thomas Dobson, Michael Dobson, ten great grandchildren, and step brother, Norman Baker, Greenwood.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, daughter; Susan Lynn French, and sister Mary Louise Lane.

Funeral Service will be 10:00 AM Friday, July 21, 2017 at Portland Mills Christian Church 11130 East Harbison Road Rockville, IN 47872 with Pastor Carl Huxford officiating. Burial will follow in Portland Mills Cemetery.

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2 thoughts on “Norma Jean Sauter

  • Wanda harris

    Billy, you don’t know me but I am a cousin to your Mon, my name is Wanda sue Harris, my dad was Denton brother, the last time I saw Jean was when Royce Palmore died, she was nice and very interesting, sorry for your loss

  • Saralu White

    To Jean’s family: I’m Saralu White, a Kentucky cousin, sister to Wanda Sue Harris. So sorry about your Mother. Always enjoyed her, she had lots of family ‘stories’, and her life was an adventure. Know you’re in my thoughts.