Norma Babcock, 86, of North Platte passed away Monday, Sept. 7, 2020 at Linden Court.

Norma was born April 7, 1934, to Harvey and Martha Hobrock in Hastings where she grew up. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and attended Hastings Public Schools, graduating in 1952. She went on to Hastings College then University of Nebraska at Lincoln, earning her teaching certificate. Norma taught in Lincoln, Hastings and Sandia Base Kindergarten in Albuquerque, N.M., and starting in the ninth grade, she taught Sunday School St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Hastings and later St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in New Mexico and Messiah Lutheran Church in North Platte.

On June 7, 1955, Norma was united in marriage to Roger Babcock at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Hastings with Pastor Paul M. deFreeze officiating. The couple was blessed with two children, Michael and Sharon, and over 65 years of marriage.

Norma enjoyed working with children and being active in organizations that helped children. She served on various boards including St. Luke’s Weekday Kindergarten, Camp Fire Girls and Commission of Christian Concern. Norma was also coordinator of the Sunday Church School at Messiah Lutheran Church.

Genealogy was Norma’s hobby. She enjoyed compiling family histories for both her family and Roger’s family. Norma leaves her family with a rich history of their past.

Norma is survived by her husband, Roger, of North Platte, and their children, Michael (Vicki) Babcock, of Manassas, Virginia, and Sharon (Jean) Babcock, of Ft. Defiance, Virginia; and other family.

Cremation was chosen and a private graveside service will be held. The memorial book may be signed online at or at Odean Colonial Chapel, which is in charge of arrangements.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Harvey and Martha Hobrock; and sister and her husband, Dorothy and Gail Harrenstein.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are to the Roger C. and Norma J. (Hobrock) Babcock Scholarship Fund, Hastings College Foundation, 710 North Turner Avenue, Hastings NE 68901 or online you can type in to make a memorial gift.