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Norma Bowers Wright

October 12, 1924 November 25, 2018
Norma Bowers Wright
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Obituary for Norma Bowers Wright

1924 - 2018

Norma Bowers Wright, our beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away peacefully on November 25, 2018, at the age of 94, in South Jordan, Utah.

Norma was born October 12, 1924, in Kamas, Summit County, Utah, to Wreno Bowers and Eva Jane Lewis. She was the eldest of five siblings. Her father worked in the dairy business in Kamas, and Norma was just starting school when the family moved up to Logan so that he could get his degree in that field. This was the first of many relocations. They moved back to Kamas, but by the time Norma was 9 years old they were in Devine, Texas, outside of San Antoine. Then back to Utah --- Salt Lake City, American Fork, Aurora, Spanish Fork, Panguitch, Oakley ---and finally Mountain View, Wyoming, all in the space of about ten years. It must have been hard to build friendships under those circumstances, which is one reason for the strong bond among the Bowers siblings.

Many of the places the family lived were quite rustic as they were located in rural areas. Norma’s mother, in her memoir, mentions that Devine, Texas, was more backward than Kamas. Apparently, this was saying something. In their home in Mountain View there was no running water. Instead there was a pump in the yard. During her teens Norma worked as a waitress, and when she came home on winter evenings, she would chip the ice off the pump so that she could wash her hair in the icy water and set it.

Maybe that’s why, at the age of 18, Norma went to Los Angeles with her friend Lila. Lila had her parents’ blessing, but Norma did not, and was only able to make the adventure happen with the assistance of her boyfriend, and future husband, Don Wright. He drove her and Lila down to Salt Lake City so that, allegedly, Norma could visit her grandparents. Instead, she and Lila got on a Greyhound bus and headed south and west. Her parents were not pleased.

In Los Angeles both Norma and Lila found work at the Federal Reserve. They must have done pretty well, because they made enough money to go dancing at the Cocoanut Grove Nightclub at the Ambassador Hotel, which was a place synonymous with glamor for several decades. A year or so later they returned to the Salt Lake Valley. Norma’s mother speculated that they got tired of living the high life, or that they missed family, but came to the conclusion that the main draw was for Norma was Don Wright. They married on January 22, 1946, three days before he shipped out for active duty in Korea. The year that followed was a very long year for them both.

Upon Don’s return they moved to Laramie Wyoming so that he could earn his degree in civil engineering. Their first three sons, Art, Bob, and Stan, were born during this residence in Laramie.

Norma was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints since infancy; Don was baptized in 1953. Norma and Don were then sealed in the Salt Lake Temple on October 14, 1954. They had moved to Salt Lake City where Don had found work as a project engineer with the Utah Department of Transportation. Here a daughter, Nancy, was born, and their youngest son, Larry.

Norma might be described as the iron fist in the velvet glove. She was always impeccably groomed, always gracious, and full of love and dedication for her family. She created countless fine oil paintings and quilts, maintained a rose garden, baked applesauce cookies from a recipe handed down by her grandmother. During the summers she would gather with her sisters, ostensibly to create crafts (glass grape bunches, Christmas ornaments, wreaths, etc.), but truly for the opportunity to socialize with them. Norma worked off and on in the banking industry, running a ten-key with her long, elegant nails. She managed the family’s finances, and was the primary care provider for the five children, as Don’s work kept him on site for days at a time. Pushed too far, Norma could reveal an inflexible core; she was not above hurling a frying pan when the issue at hand needed some punctuation. In her later years she kept Don reined in by poking him with her cane.

Don liked to go hunting, and he often took the boys with him. Norma did not languish in their absence. She took Nancy out of school, and the two of them would spend the day together. They’d clean up the house, go to lunch, take in a movie, come home and (with apologies to her sons) enjoy the peace and quiet.

Norma had a wonderful sense of humor that remained intact long after her memory began to fail her. She could not remember that her husband of 72 years had passed away, and when she was told that he was “up there, talking to his mom,” she replied, with a glint in her eye, “Oh, that’s a conversation I’d like to hear!”

Norma is preceded in death by her husband, Donald Arthur Wright; daughter-in-law, Gayle Wright; grandson, Neal Wright; and her four siblings: Lois, Howard, Nada, and Dick.

Norma is survived by her children: Donald Arthur, Jr. (Gayle), Robert Wreno (Sandy), Stanley Edward (JoDean), Nancy Lynne (Don) Dimmick, and Larry Richard (Ann). There are eighteen grandchildren, and forty-eight great-grandchildren.

The family would like to express profound gratitude to the members of the Draper 1st Ward for their love, compassion and service on behalf of our mother. We would also like to thank the following organizations and their skilled, dedicated and caring staff: Visiting Angels, Sagewood Memory Care, and Comfort Works Hospice Care. Special thanks to Teri, of Comfort Works, who has seen Norma and Don through a long and difficult time.

A viewing and brief service will be held Friday, November 30, 2018, at 2:00PM at Jenkins-Soffe Funeral Home, 4760 South State Street, Murray, Utah. Interment to follow at the Larkin Sunset Gardens Cemetery, 1950 East Dimple Dell Road (10600 South), Sandy, Utah.

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2:00 PM 11/30/2018 2:00:00 PM - 2:45 PM 11/30/2018 2:45:00 PM
Jenkins-Soffe Funeral Home - Murray

4760 S State Street
Murray, UT 84107

Viewing will be combined with a small service at the funeral home prior to leaving for the cemetery.

Jenkins-Soffe Funeral Home - Murray
4760 S State Street Murray 84107 UT
United States

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Larkin Sunset Gardens Cemetery Final Resting Place

1950 East 10600 South
Sandy, UT 84092

1950 East 10600 South Sandy 84092 UT
United States

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