Oct. 30, 1914 ~ May 15, 2012|
Norinne Florence Tempest was born in Salt Lake City, Utah October 30, 1914 to Mamie Lee Comstock and John Henry Tempest, Sr. She was welcomed by her brother John Henry (Jack) Jr. and later joined by their sister Kathryn Lee.
Norinne was an independent girl who excelled in academia. After graduation from East High School she attended and graduated with honors from the University of Utah where she affiliated with Alpha Delta Pi. She taught at Park City High School before earning a Masters degree from New York University.
Norinne worked until retirement at the University of Utah as Director of the Division of Continuing Education. In addition she was responsible for the Concerts and Lectures series and was the successful cultural coordinator of efforts to book world famous performing artists and global travelers for the enrichment of Utah audiences. She served as President of the Salt Lake Zonta professional executive women's group.
Norinne was an avid traveler. She made a trip "round the world" on her own in the early 1960's and toured China before its borders opened to myriad tour groups. As much as she loved experiencing exotic locales, Norinne was happiest picnicking in Big Cottonwood Canyon with family and her many close friends. Her rose gardens and beautiful home gave her years of pleasure. She was an excellent bridge player, a voracious reader who would eagerly listen and debate about politics, the arts, fashion, and world or local news, and enthusiastically attended concerts and the theater.
A devoted daughter, sister, aunt and friend, Norinne will be lovingly remembered by her nieces and nephews, Ann Williams, Bill and Noni Williams Goodman, John H. Tempest III, Richard B. and Ruth Tempest, and many great and great, great-nieces and nephews, as well as her godson, Bruce. Her dear neighbors, Lynne and Steve, Jenny and Don and their families generously offered assistance and shared their friendship and love. Norinne relished the warmth and beauty of her neighborhood.
Norinne was cared for at The Wellington Senior Residence with special attention from Wellness Director Pat Hopkins, caregiver Humera, and visiting volunteer Jean.
The exceptional staff at Sunrise of Holladay, Executive Director George Wright, Marketing Directors Susan Wyatt and Meaghan Garrett, Healthcare Coordinator Suzette Welch, RN, Assisted Living Coordinator Ann Owens, Lead Care Manager Jaselyn Oakley and Lead Concierge Jennifer Anderton provided Norinne with all the comforts of home as well as affectionate personal and professional medical attention.
Inspiration Hospice Care Manager Franki Loftus RN, Chaplain Vicki Newman, Cheryle Wolfe LCSW and personal attendant Ruth gave Norinne loving emotional, physical and spiritual comfort as well as support, guidance and true friendship to her family. For this we are deeply grateful.
Visiting Angels stayed by her side 24 hours a day in her last weeks. We would also like to thank Dr. Sonja Thakur and the many compassionate people who offered their expertise and time to help make our aunt's last months comfortable, warm and safe.
Services provided, by Evans and Early Mortuary.
Published in Deseret News on Oct. 30, 2012