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Norma Jean (Rhea) Dellinger, 58, of Stafford County, Va., died Jan. 18, 2013, surrounded by her family in her daughter’s home in Ohio.

She was the wife of Harold David Dellinger.

Born April 7, 1954, in Indiana, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Frank Vernon Rhea and surviving mother Ethel Deane (Pearce) Rhea.

She and her family lived and worked in Leonardtown for many years, before moving to Stafford.

She and her husband ran a small family business together for more than 35 years. Along with the family business, she was employed for the last 10 years with the Stafford County public school system. The last five years she served as the counseling secretary at H.H. Poole Middle School, where she was awarded Service Employee of the Year 2012-2013. She truly loved her coworkers, who were like her second family.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Rebecca and Matt Rowely; daughter and son-in-law, Heidi and Brandon Baker; daughter, Ashly Dellinger; son, David Lee Dellinger; and stepdaughter and son-in-law, Tracy and Thomas Rowe. She was overjoyed to become a grandmother to her five surviving grandchildren and the upcoming birth of twin grandchildren. In addition to her mother, she is also survived by three sisters. She was preceded in death by her father and two grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at H.H. Poole Middle School on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 4 to 6 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation at