Norma Jean McDiffett, 86, passed away Thursday, May 21, 2015 at the Rossville Health Care Center, Rossville. She was born August 24, 1928 at Alta Vista, the daughter of Gilbert and Margaret Rodgers Beagel. She was one of a family of seven children and lived most of her younger years on the Beagel homestead west of Alta Vista. She graduated from Dwight High School. Norma was united in marriage to Pat McDiffett. Together they had two children, Bob and Patti. She was always involved in their lives in one way or another. She retired from American States Insurance Company. Norma loved camping and cooking (She was the best pie maker around). She joined the Wheathearts square dance club and was a 15 year member. Her love was square dancing and also round dancing. She loved her family dearly. Mrs. McDiffett was preceded in death by her parents Margaret and Gilbert Beagel. Her husband Pat; two grandsons, Dwight Meade and Daniel McDiffett; two sisters, Eleanor Modig and Virginia Beagel; three brothers, Dwight, Donald and Robert Beagel. Norma is survived by a son, Bob (Elaine) McDiffett, Wamego; a daughter, Patti (Chuck) Meade, Rossville; a brother, James (Terry) Beagel, Chicago, IL; three grandsons, Jared Meade, John McDiffett and Russell McDiffett.; granddaughters, Tonya Hatina, Debbie Boyle, Donna Gill and Doris Rollo; great-grandchildren, Erika & Emily Hatina, Giauna Meade, Jaci, Kelsey and Kyra McDiffett, Tiara Boles, Johnny Gill, Ben Rollo and Sheldon Rollo. It was Mrs. McDiffett's request to be cremated. Memorial services will be at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, May 30, 2015 at Piper Funeral Home in St. Marys. In Lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Norma J. McDiffett Memorial Fund and sent in care of Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple St., St. Marys, Kansas 66536.