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Norma Lee (Utley) Rasor McFarlin


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Norma Lee (Utley) Rasor McFarlin Obituary
Norma Lee was born on December 23, 1929 in Weatherford Oklahoma to Burnice and Bertha (Doyel) Utley. She was the eldest of 10 children, delivered in birth by her Grandmother, Mary Caroline (Callie) Doyel.
In 1935, during the Oklahoma Dust Bowl days, the family relocated to California. Then in 1946 the family moved to Dove Creek Colorado, where Grandpa (Papa) and Grandma Doyel had settled, to farm and develop land.
At the age of 23, Norma Lee joined the Army, serving in the WAC Division. She was stationed in Fort Leonardwood MO where she learned to be a Dental Lab Technitian.
In 1954 Norma Lee married H.R. Rasor, whom was a physician. She was his assistant in his small practice until 1961 when he passed away. Norma Lee then enrolled in Colorado State College at Greeley Colorado where she acquired her teaching degree. She then moved to Akron Colorado where she taught school for two years at Arickaree, where she met and married Virgil McFarlin.
Norma gave up her teaching career and became a farm hand. Together, she and Virgil, farmed several hundred acres of wheat as well as ran over a hundred head of cattle.
Norma Lee was a true farmer at heart, so this became the love of her life. She could drive a tractor working the land, drive a big truck hauling grain, or deliver and brand calves. She could disassemble the motor of a tractor, overhaul it, and reassemble it, while during the same time bake a blue ribbon cake. She was very talented with her hands as well as a top notch bookkeeper. In her later years Norma Lee took up oil painting and turned out many beautiful paintings.
Virgil passed away in 1986 and Norma Lee continued living on the farm until 1995 at which time she sold the land and relocated to Farmington New Mexico to be near her siblings.
Norma Lee loved her siblings and participated in all their lives. She never gave up learning – continually taking classes on something. Due to declining health she moved into an Assisted Living home in 2009 where she resided until her death.
She was preceded in death by her parents; Burnice and Bertha (Doyel) Utley. Two husbands; Dr. Harry Rasor and Virgil McFarlin. She is survived by 4 brothers'; Norman Utley, Frank Utley, David Utley and Roger Utley. 5 sisters': Naoma Buller, Shirley Cressler, Sandra Eastep, Polly Mason, and Margaret Pierce.
Norma passed away on Monday, May 1, 2017, in Farmington, NM. Services were conducted May 4, 2017, in Farmington NM, with burial in the Akron Cemetery at Akron Colorado.
Published in Akron News-Reporter on May 31, 2017
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