Norma Jean Bishop De La Cruz

KERNERSVILLE, N.C. – Norma Jean Bishop De La Cruz, 70, a loving wife, mother, grandmother great-grandmother, sister and friend, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012 at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home.

She was born in Giles County June 27, 1942 to the late George Leon Bishop and Virginia Thomas Bishop Knoll.

Norma had a great compassion for people. She had a very kind spirit and was unfailing with her generosity towards anyone in need.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her step-father, Anton Tony Knoll.

Surviving are her husband, Ricardo Rudolfo De La Cruz of the home; two daughters, Joann Larsen and husband, David, of Riverside, Calif. and Emma Palacios and husband, Manuel, of Alta Loma, Calif.; four sons, John Sanchez and wife, Edna, of El Paso, Texas, Art Sanchez and wife, Petra, of the Netherlands, Mike Sanchez of Victorville, Calif., and Richard De La Cruz and wife, Sara, of Advance, N.C.; 14 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one sister, Joann Dalton and husband, Jerry, of Pulaski; two brothers, Tony Knoll and wife, Denise, of Chino, Calif. and Richard Bishop of Princeton, W.Va., and a very dear and special friend, Sherry Campbell.

A memorial service will be conducted Friday, Sept. 21, at 4 p.m. at Hayworth-Miller Kernersville Chapel with the Rev. Frank Shumate officiating. The family will receive friends 3-4 p.m., prior to the service.

Memorials may be made to Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103.

The family would like to express sincere gratitude to the staff at Kernersville Medical Center and Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home.

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