Sadly, on June 21st, 2018, we said goodbye to our wonderful Wife, Mother, and friend Norma Jean. Born in Brandon Manitoba, Norma Jean spent her early years in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Striking out on her own at the early age of 17 she finished high school in Winnipeg, working and living life on her own terms. She continued to forge her own path in the world and moved north in the late 1960’s.
Norma Jean, or NJ (as friends were known to call her), called the Arctic home for almost 30 years. Working for the Government of the Northwest Territories she was able to live and work in some of the most remote communities in all of Canada, from Churchill to Rankin Inlet, Cambridge Bay, and to Inuvik. Norma Jean retired from the GNWT to Leduc, Alberta in 1997 where she joined multiple social clubs and would later be President of the Leduc and District Senior Centre.
Friendship is synonymous with family in the Arctic, Norma Jean treated all friends as family in the North as well as in the South. NJ will be dearly missed in all our lives (and around the bridge table).
Pre-deceased by her Mother, Mavis, in 2000; Norma Jean is survived by her husband of 45 years Don Smithson, her son Phillip, daughter-in-law Lisa, and grandchildren Braden, William, Megan, and Kaelen. She is also survived by brother Gerald Miller of Edmonton and father Ardel Miller of Medicine Hat.
A Celebration of Life will be held from 1 to 3 at Telford House on Sunday, July 29, 2018.
In lieu of sending flowers please plant them to make the world a little more beautiful in Norma Jean’s memory.
“Go placidly amid the noise and haste and remember what peace there may be in silence.” (The Desiderata by Max Ehrmann (1927))