Norma Rose Norgaard Pearson of Oso died January 23, 2013. She was born on December 29, 1915 to Peter and Rose Norgaard of the Cedarhome area near Stanwood. She graduated as valedictorian form Lincoln High School and attended business college in Seattle until she was called home to care for her mother.
Norma was a housewife par excellent, always home when the kids arrived from school, always with a snack available. She was a good gardener and canned many quarts of fruits, vegetables and meats. She sewed most of the girls’ clothes. She was a 4-H club leader for many years, teaching many of the local Oso girls how to can, sew and cook. She was a judge at many different fairs in Snohomish County, She also was very involved with the Oso Homemaker’s Club, serving in any way needed. She also worked at the County elections every year.
Norma is survived by her two daughters, Sue Olson of Oso and Betty Kramlich (Ralph) of Ellensburg, 6 grandchildren: Ken Kramlich, Tracy Cumming, Todd Olson, Karen Tarter, Craig Swanson and Craig Pearson. She has 7 great-grandchildren, plus numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by all of her brothers and sisters: Louis, Wesley, Floyd, Earnest, Marvin and Elmer Norgaard, Ruth McDougall, Pearle Anthony and Bertha Parrish.
Norma and Gust spent many hours in their blue Sea Swirl boat, fishing for salmon on the sound and at Sekiu. Norma caught her share of the “big ones”. She didn’t like to quit, even if she had her limit. If they weren’t salmon fishing, they were trying for trout or steelhead. The two of them often traveled with relatives to Montana where they hunted pheasant. They also traveled several times to Alaska. They hunted for birds, deer and elk until they were in their late 80’s.
Hospitality was a given at Pearson house – the house was open to everyone. She loved her family and friends.
A graveside service will be held on February 2 at the Anderson Cemetary in Stanwood at 11:00 a.m. Afterwards, there will be a potluck at the Oso Fire Department at 1:00 p.m. Memorials would be appreciated to the Oso Fireman’s Dept. 21824 SR 530 NE, Arlington, WA 98223.
Arrangements under the direction of Gilbertson Funeral Home, Stanwood.