Age 87, of Sumter, SC, passed away on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at home. Born in Lansing, MI, she was the daughter of the late Clarence and Effie Towar.

She was a member of Shaw Heights Baptist Church in Sumter, SC. She worked with the U.S. Geological Survey in Indianapolis, IN, Campbell-Ewald Advertising Agency, Detroit, MI, the City of Fort Myers, FL, the Florida State Attorney’s Office in Fort Myers, FL, and retired in 1991.

She was preceded in death by son Michael J. Davey, daughter Patricia Ann Davey, brothers Paul, Lloyd and Robert, sisters Ruth Esther Towar and Dorothy Robinson, grandson Neil Merlino, and great-grandchild Christopher Thorne.  She is survived by daughters Virginia (Charles) Thorne, Margaret, Kathleen (Roland) Estep, and Colleen (Rodney) Richards, sons John and Martin Davey, seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, nephew Daniel (Patsy) Towar, and niece Carolyn (Chris) Phillips.

Visitation will take place on Friday, March 17, 2017, from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel, 325 W. Washtenaw Ave., Lansing, MI, with a graveside service and interment following at Delta Center Cemetery, Lansing, MI.

In lieu of flowers, Norma requested that donations be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation at

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2 Messages to “Norma J. (Towar) Benn”

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    Daniel Vincent Davey Says:

    I will miss my Me-Maw, as she was known to me. I regret not being able to attend the funeral, but I am unable to travel from my current residence in North Carolina. I send my love and hope that my family understands the constraints of raising my 16 month old daughter, her great grand-daughter. I know she is in a better place and with the comfort of her family, alive and otherwise. I will always miss you.

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    Carolyn Phillips Says:

    My Aunt Norma was full of life and so fun-loving. She seemed to be always laughing and of good cheer. Yet she was a hard-working woman who supported herself and seven children, my dear cousins. I am praying their hearts will be comforted at the thought that she is reunited with her loved ones and no longer in pain. With love, Carolyn

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