Norma Jane (Goforth) Rosenbalm

Published 3:17 pm Thursday, August 10, 2017

Norma Jane (Goforth) Rosenbalm of Orange, passed away on August 9, 2017, following a long illness. Her memorial service will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, August 11, 2017 at First Presbyterian Church of Orange at 902 West Green Avenue in Orange, Texas, with Reverend Michael Umbenhaur officiating. A reception will follow in the church fellowship hall.

She was born on January 28, 1929, in Three Points, Kentucky, to Clyde H. Goforth, Sr. and Beatrice Eunice (Lybrand) Goforth. She married the late Edward S. (Doc) Rosenbalm on November 5, 1949, and they spent 55 years together until his death in 2004. Norma was also preceded in death by her parents and brothers and sister Clyde H. (Sonny) Goforth, Jr., James Goforth and Alesia Blondell.

Norma, or Bom Bom as she was known to her grandchildren and many of their friends, is survived by daughter Sherry Combs and husband Mike and son Howard Rosenbalm and wife Kathy. Grandchildren and their families include Douglas Combs and Sharon Prejean and their daughter and son-in-law Megan and Michael Robertson and granddaughter Tatum; Liz and Jayson McKee and their children Maddison and Blake LeBlanc, Peyton and Paige; Beth and Jim Thielen and their sons James and Patrick; Becky Rosenbalm and Carl Peters; and Jay and Racquel Rosenbalm and son Wyatt. She is also survived by two dear sisters-in-law, Kathy Goforth and Jo Rosenbalm and numerous nieces and nephews and their families, each of whom were precious to her.

The family extends heartfelt thanks to the many who have helped care for their mother and grandmother during her illness, including longtime aide April Bryant, caregivers Katie McAfee, Manessah Cox, Carol Smith, Susan Burdine, Prescribed Home Health and Heart of Texas Hospice.

Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made by calling the Alzheimer’s Association at 800.272.3900; mailing a check to P.0. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011; or visiting  and select ‘Donate.’ Please include “in memory of Norma G. Rosenbalm” on these.