Norma Jane Walker Hosch, 86, of Birmingham entered her heavenly home in the early hours of Thursday, June 15, 2023. A native of Birmingham and a member of Shades Crest Baptist Church, Jane served her community as a reflection of the love shown to us by Christ as His hands and His feet. Jane is preceded in death by her husband Clabron, and survived by her daughter Leigh (Ronnie), grandchildren Micah and Hannah, and many nieces and nephews who all loved her.
Jane was the oldest of 3 daughters born to William Payne Walker and Florena Norma Richey Walker. Growing up post-depression and during WWll, she was resourceful to the point of making her own dress and cutting her own hair for her wedding. At 16, she married Clabron Thomas Hosch and happily accompanied him from one sporting event to another (including on their honeymoon), just because he wanted to go. During the next 13 years she worked at Bromberg's until their daughter Leigh was born, and she became a dedicated professional mom. She was room mom, softball coach, substitute teacher and general chauffer to countless softball games, basketball games, science fairs, recitals, brownies and the like. Known affectionately as "Miss Jane" she gracefully stepped into the role of mothering to anyone who needed her. She later worked as a church secretary, working with 4 pastors over the years, to help her daughter get the education she was never able to. She was eventually able to step into the role of beloved "Mimi" to her 2 grandchildren, Micah and Hannah, which she embraced whole heartedly. Her extended family as well never doubted her love and devotion to them.
In addition to her family, her lifelong passion was missions. She was a member of WMU for her entire adult lift, taught GAs and sunday school (children and adults), served as president of VBS, and volunteered countless hours at The Ministry Center at Green Springs, distributing food to those in need. Though not called to serve as a missionary herself, she loved supporting those that were, donating and raising money, praying faithfully, and living a life reflecting the great comission.
Jane loved to laugh, especially at herself, and helped others not take themselves so seriously. She could grow anything and along with her husband would provide her neighborhood and friends with home grown vegetables. She was a talented seamstress, but would rather make something for someone else rather than herself. She loved a simple life and was fully dressed when she had her earrings and lipstick on - the rest really didn't matter. She liked good coffee, mini heath bars and the occasional cheetos, unless you were in the room. Then she liked what you liked to make you happy - and she really meant it (unless it was eggs). She was the most genuine person, and if you gave her a present, her reaction was as if you had given her the most wonder gift in the history of mankind - and she really meant it. She had a great laugh, the sweetest smile and lived a life reflecting her deepest beliefs, and now she is reaping the rewards.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Ministry Center at Green Springs: https://mcgsonline.org/