Nora Elizabeth (Chimento) Speer
|Posted 2021-07-19 by mhenderson|
|Published in The Miner on Jun. 10, 2021 -|
Kingman, Arizona -
Nora Elizabeth (Chimento) Speer, age 78, went peacefully to be with
her Lord on May 5, 2021 at Banner Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona. Born
Nov. 17, 1942 in Springfield, Illinois, she was third of 10 children
born to Joseph and Beulah Chimento.
Nora married Jack Speer in 1977 and they merged their six children
into one happy little family, raising their children in Phoenix,
Arizona. That same year they also started their company, Steel
Erection & Maintenance, Inc. Nora and Jack worked side by side in the
field, and in the office, to get their business going. Today it is a
successful company being run by two of their children, Jim and Tawny.
Many of you may also know Nora as the doll lady. She began making
porcelain dolls in the early ‘80s after her nest became empty. She was
a master doll maker, teacher and judge. Nora was talented and loved
making beautiful things!
Having had enough of big city life, Jack and Nora packed up and moved
to Kingman, Arizona in 1993. They erected a beautiful new building
with offices for Steel Erection in Kingman and Nora’s own shop, JBS
Dolls & Gifts. The beautiful store that many jokingly said was “way
over there on Bank Street.” Eventually she opened a second store in
Mesa, Arizona. They worked in Kingman, but chose to reside up in the
Hualapai Mountains where they made many friends that were more like
family to them.
Nora loved community service and felt that successful people should
give back and pay forward not just money, but time, talent and love.
It was a huge part of her life to help others whether it was family,
friend or stranger. An amazing woman, Nora put her all into everything
she did. When it came to community service endeavors there are just
too many to mention but most will remember her passion and drive for
the ones nearest and dearest to her: Sunshine Acres Children’s Home in
Mesa, Arizona and Sarah’s House here in Kingman. Nora was very
generous, always willing to give to those in need.
Nora is survived by her loving husband Jack; their children Michael
Tippett, Tawny (Speer) Charlesworth, Jamie (Crawford) Cilladi, James
Crawford and Alan Speer; 14 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and
four sisters, Mary, Laura, Theresa and Deborah.
Nora was preceded in death by her parents Joseph and Beulah; her
mother- and father in-laws Tory and Amelia (Betty) Speer; brothers
Georgie, Joe, Frank and Sam; sister Vicky; her adored granddaughter
Kathleen (Charlesworth) Hanson; son Mark Tippett; and great-grandson
As a Mother, Grandmother, Aunt, Sister or friend…. you will be forever
loved and cherished. Memories of you Mama will be shared with family
for generations to come. We are blessed to be yours and we’ll forever
be thankful for the lessons you taught, the laughter we shared and the
love you gave! Precious lady…YOU ARE MISSED BY ALL!
Celebration of Life to follow at a later date.
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