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OBIT: Norma Kuykendall

Norma Kuykendall, 88, of Charles City, passed away, Tuesday, April 2, 2024, at MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center in Mason City surrounded by her loving family.

Norma Kuykendall, 88, of Charles City, passed away, Tuesday, April 2, 2024, at MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center in Mason City surrounded by her loving family.

A celebration of Norma’s life will be held from 4:00 – 7:00p.m. on Saturday, April 27, 2024, at the VFW, 1505 N Grand Avenue, in Charles City.

Inurnment will be held at Sunnyside Memory Gardens in rural Charles City at a later date.

Norma Jean (Joyal) Kuykendall, the daughter of Harold and Annetta (Miller) Joyal, was born on April 26, 1935, in Mitchell County, Iowa. She attended schools in Osage. On June 12, 1955, Norma was united in marriage to Clarus “Corky” Kuykendall.

Norma was a cook for many years starting at Jenkin’s Tap in Floyd, then Brooks Restaurant, and then retired from Granny’s Kitchen. She loved baking pies, and her specialty food was potato salad. Norma loved to knit and crochet. She knitted a blanket for each of her grandchildren when they were born and made many blankets for her family as Christmas gifts. She also created many potholders and sweaters. Norma enjoyed playing Bingo, tending to her vegetable garden, and bird watching. She also enjoyed reading books and magazines, especially to keep up with celebrities. Norma was a very hardworking, sweet, and loving lady. She dedicated her life to her children and grandchildren and always put her family first.

Living family members include her six children: six children, Ramona Onken of Charles City, Eugene Kuykendall of Charles City, Mark (Sandy) Kuykendall of Floyd, Mike (Lori) Kuykendall of Floyd, Jim (Danette) Kuykendall of Charles City and Troy (Stephanie) Kuykendall of Charles City; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; and many other loving family members.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Corky in 2009, and brother, Leonard Joyal.

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