Norma Corinne Planche

Published 4:44 pm Tuesday, January 14, 2014


Norma Corinne Planche of DeRidder passed from this life Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, at Beauregard Memorial Hospital in DeRidder.

She was born in Varnado on Oct. 24, 1940, to Louis and Pollyann Williams Seal.

After graduating from Varnado High School in 1959, she worked as a secretary at Tullos Motor Co. in Bogalusa, where she met her husband, Joseph Brewster Planche. They were married on Feb. 28, 1962, in Fort Bragg, N.C.

After being stationed in several places within the United States and abroad, her husband was transferred to Fort Polk in 1977, and the family made its home in DeRidder. After retirement from the U.S. Army in 1980, the Planches decided to remain in DeRidder. Norma’s beloved husband passed away in 1985 after a short illness.

Norma remained in DeRidder until her death. She kept a beautiful home for her family, ran a family farm, volunteered in her children’s classrooms and welcomed everyone into her life with a warm smile. She especially enjoyed entertaining her children’s friends. After Scott and Pam moved from home, she ran a daycare, where she loved neighborhood and community children for more than 10 years. She was known as Ms. Norma and was adored by many in DeRidder. She was an avid LSU and New Orleans Saints fan, as well as all sports. She was a member of First Baptist Church in DeRidder.

In addition to her parents and her husband, Norma was preceded in death by a sister, Mata Lee Easterling; a brother, Milton Seal; and a granddaughter, Daisy Elizabeth Higle.

She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Debbie Planche of Deridder; a daughter and son-in-law, Pam and Jeremy Higle of Leh, India; five grandchildren, J.T. and Dominique Broussard of Youngsville, and Joseph, Titus and Isaac Higle of Leh; four brothers, Perry Seal, Hilton and wife Myrtle Lee Seal, Leon and wife Wilma Seal, and Silmon Seal, all of Angie; two sisters, Silvia Seal Slade and husband Kenneth and Annette Seal Thomas and husband Mike, all of Angie; and a host of nieces and nephews, as well as many friends.

Funeral services are set for 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15 at First Missionary Baptist Church in Varnado. Burial will follow in the Williams Cemetery in Angie. Services are under the direction of Crain Funeral Home in Franklinton.

There will also be a memorial service at First Baptist Church in DeRidder on Thursday, Jan. 16 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the building fund at First Baptist Church in DeRidder, or to International Mountain Leadership Institute (