Norma led a life defined by the values of faith, family, friendship and service to others. She was an only child, born in Chula Vista, CA in 1932. She moved to Globe, AZ and then to Springfield, IL where she attended high school. She went on to attend the University of Illinois on scholarship and received a degree in an emerging area of study, speech pathology.
While at the U of I, she met her first husband and was married shortly thereafter in the university chapel. Following university, she moved to Fort Bragg, NC where she delivered two of her four sons Dave and Phil. Eventually returning to Chicago, she started teaching as a speech pathologist in the Glenn Ellen school district and delivered her third son Bruce.
In 1968, the family transferred to Lake Oswego and she delivered her fourth son Roger. Norma began working for the Tigard school district where she spent the rest of her career as a speech and special education teacher. She received a master's degree in education from Western Oregon College while teaching full time and raising four boys. During her 25+ years as a teacher, Norma helped hundreds of special needs children. With the patience of a saint, she always demonstrated an unwavering passion for the importance of her mission.
After retiring, Norma continued a life of active service. She became a deacon in the Lake Grove Presbyterian church where her life was dedicated to running the Christmas Angel tree for families in need. Many church goers knew her as the smiling face in the church lobby who shared recorded copies of weekly sermons every Sunday. Along with her cadre of retired teacher friends, she also spent many years delivering for Meals on Wheels throughout the Portland area.
In her spare time, Norma enjoyed chocolate, opera, playing bridge, going to shows at the Broadway Rose and the Lakewood, square dancing and travel. She loved her family, her many friends, and her cats. Along with her sons and their spouses (Leanne, DaLee, Amy and Toshiko), Norma loved spending time with her 7 grandchildren (Drew, Lisa, Greg, Alex, Hayden, Amber and Dillon) and 4 greatgrandchildren (Chase, Justin, Nathan and Nolan).
The world was a better place for having Norma in it and she will be dearly missed by everyone who had the good fortune to cross her path. We are certain she has earned special place in heaven.
In lieu of flowers, her family respectfully requests that donations be directed to Meals on Wheels in her honor. We also want to wish a special thank you to the nurses of Trilogy Home Care and Elite Care Assisted Living who always made Norma feel special and gave her the utmost care.