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Norma Jean Baker

January 29, 1948 — March 21, 2023

Kansas City, MO

Norma Jean Baker


Norma Jean “Manning” Baker was born January 29, 1948 in Lismore, Louisiana to David and Leosa Manning. The family moved to Kansas City, Kansas in 1951, where Norma Jean attended the Kansas City, Kansas public schools graduating from Wyandotte High School.

Norma Jean furthered her education at Donnelly College, receiving her Associate degree in psychology and mental health. Norma Jean was a Social Worker with the Kansas Rehabilitation Services after which she persuaded her passion at North Star Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Center, where she passionately helped and loved those dealing with drug and alcohol abuse.

After moving to Kansas City, Kansas the family united with the Tabernacle Baptist Church and later the Zion Hill    Baptist Church where Norma Jean was baptized. At the age of 12, the family united with the Rising Star Baptist Church where she remained throughout her teenage and young adult life singing “in Times Like These.” Norma Jean's most recent church home was Faith Deliverance Worship Center.

Norma Jean gift was edification encouraging others to look at the brighter side of things and remind them “everything happens for a reason, and it always works out for your good.” If you met and knew her, you would NEVER forget who she was. She moved to the rhythm of her own beat! She didn't care about ANYTHING anyone had to say. She was definitely the life of the party. A very confident, charismatic, out spoken,  empowered young woman that survived Breast Cancer and other life obstacles. She will be greatly missed and forever loved.

Norma Jean made her transition from this life, Tuesday March 21, 2023, surrounded by those who loved her dearly. Her parents, David and Leosa Manning; brother, Albert; sister in-law, Altha Mae; mother in-love, Mildred Hinson; and her Precious G-Babies, all preceded her in death.

Norma Jean leaves behind to cherish her memory four children, Ira Norwood, Ebony Miller (Jejuan Miller), Abasi Baker and Darnell Baker; sister, Quincie M. Colding of Kansas City, KS; seventeen grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a special niece, Shedreese Colding-Scott and a host of nephews, nieces, other relatives, and friends.

Funeral Services will be held on Thursday April 20, 2023 at Golden Gate Funeral & Cremation Services, LLC

Visitation will be from 10 A.M. - 12 P.M.

Service begins at 12 P.M.

Internment: Private Disposition

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Funeral Service

Thursday, April 20, 2023

10:00am - 12:00 pm (Central time)

Golden Gate Funeral & Cremation Services LLC

2800 E 18th St, Kansas City, MO 64127

Funeral Services will be held on Thursday April 20, 2023, visitation will be from 10 A.M. - 12 P.M. Services begin at 12 P.M. at Golden Gate.

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