Norma Jean Needles

April 13, 1928 ‒ October 18, 2019

Croton, Ohio

Norma Jean (nee Higgins) Needles, age 91, known by those who love her as “Normie”, of Croton, passed away on Friday, October 18, 2019.  Retired from the U.S. Postal Service where she worked for 37 years.  She met her husband, Victor Needles, at the Croton Market when they were kids.  After WWII, they reconnected and eloped-even though Victor had been betrothed.  Normie always told this story with a smile, a twinkle in her eye and claiming ignorance about Victor’s engagement at the time.  She loved political commentary, all desserts and watching sunsets out of her bedroom window.  She is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Thayne and Andrea; other beloved family members, Bob Banks, Roberta Reedy, Stacy, Scott, Kelsey and Janeen; grandchildren, Ryan, Bergan, Maia, Madeleine, Addison, Micah and Noah.  She was preceded in death by husband, Victor Needles; son, Todd Needles; parents, Eva and Lloyd Higgins; niece, Kyle Banks.  Graveside funeral service 11 AM Saturday, October 26, 2019 at Hartford Cemetery, Bennington Chapel Road, Croton.  Pastor Dan Hamilton officiating.  In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Croton Church of Christ, P.O. Box 206, Croton, OH 43013 in Normie’s memory.  The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Needles family.  Please visit to share a memory or condolence with the family.

  • So sorry Shirley has passed away. As a fellow USPS employee, I share your grief at losing Shirley so young.
    To the family I want to offer our sincere condolences. Our thoughts are with you at this time of your loss.
    Psalm 116:15 says “Precious in the eyes of Jehovah is the death of his loyal ones”.
    The Bible provides information found nowhere else, which can bring immeasurable comfort to those who grieve. You might find the Bible to be the best help as you grieve the loss of your loved one.

  • So sorry for your loss Thayne, I wished I could have made it to the graveside service but was on vacation. Your mom was a dear lady and I know she will leave a void in your family. Many blessings.
    Robin Krempel

  • So sorry Thane to hear about your Mothers passing. I always enjoy our visits when Mom and I would stop by. She would send nice Christmas cards updating me on what was happening with her and your family. I will miss her and may your memories be your comfort.

    Much love
    Kim Needles Leach