She was born Sept. 30, 1927, in New Castle, as the daughter of Wm. Daniel and Sally Thurston Carnes.
She married Jack Sanders, who survives her.
She worked as a telephone operator at Indiana Bell for 12-and-a-half years and at Indiana State University for 15 years. She also worked as a real estate broker.
She was a member of First Christian Church of Brazil.
Norma Jean enjoyed gardening, painting, working on her albums and spending time with her family.
She also enjoyed traveling and had the opportunity to visit Rome, Italy, Madrid, Spain, Switzerland and France in 1970, with her Beta Sigma Phi Sorority.
She also celebrated her 50th wedding anniversary in Hawaii.
She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter Jacquilyn Dickison, brothers Kenneth Carnes and Curtis Carnes, sister Jane Evelyne Carnes, and great-granddaughter Avery Jayne Dellmo.
She is survived by her husband of more than 63 years Jack Sanders, daughter Jeanne Dellmo (Gary), Brazil, brothers Cordell Carnes (Janice), and Homer Carnes, sister Lois Davis, grandchildren Tim Dickison (Stephanie), Leah Racer (David), David Dickison, Deidre Metzinger (Brandon), and Deryse Dellmo, great-grandchildren Luke Racer Adrianna Racer, Haylee Dickison and Addysen Dellmo, sister-in-law Louise Carnes, son-in-law Burthel Dickison II, Princeton, several nieces, nephews and other extended family.
Visitation will be 4-8 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 24, at Moore Funeral Home, Brazil, and noon-1 p.m., Wednesday, at Hinsey-Brown Funeral Home, New Castle.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m., Wednesday, at Hinsey-Brown Funeral Home, with burial to follow at South Mound Cemetery in New Castle.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Kids Zone at the First Christian Church, 1875 W. United States 40, Brazil, Ind., 47834.
Visit www.moorefuneralhomes.com to send condolences to the family.