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Norma Hake Condley


08/15/1925 - 08/01/2014 Obituary
Norma Hake Condley passed away August 1, 2014 in Monterey, California. She was 88 years old. She will be interned at Greenlawn Mortuary & Cemetery in a private ceremony.
Norma was born in Bakersfield on August 15, 1925, the daughter of Harry E. Hake and Helen Conron Hake.
She attended Franklin School, Emerson Junior High, and graduated from Kern County Union High School in the class of 1943.
After graduating high school, Norma attended Stanford University earning a B.A. degree in mathematics. Upon graduation, Norma returned to Bakersfield to become an elementary school teacher at Franklin School. While at Stanford, Norma began dating her childhood playmate and across the street neighbor, Walter H. Condley. Norma and Walter attended all of the same schools, including Stanford University. During their Stanford years, Walter enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, and served in the South Pacific in World War II. Throughout the war Norma and Walter corresponded regularly and exchanged many love letters. They were married in Bakersfield in 1953.
Norma often told the story that her earliest memory of Walter was chasing him around the dining room table, trying to kiss him when they were just six years old. Ironically, Norma passed away on the day of she and Walter's 61st wedding anniversary.
Norma was a founding member of the Junior League of Bakersfield, an avid bridge player, belonging to several bridge clubs, and was involved in many philanthropic works in the community.
Norma and Walter enjoyed traveling by ship. They were members of Cunard Lines' World Cruise Society having circumnavigated the globe four times. When not sailing, Norma and Walter spent much of their time with family and friends at their cabin on Breckenridge Mountain in Kern County. Norma also enjoyed gardening and was known for her love of flowers and her green thumb.
In their later years, Norma and Walter moved to Hollister, California to be near their daughter, Nowa; son-in-law Eric, and grandchildren Alexandra and Madison. She enjoyed family Sunday dinners and making her signature chocolate cake for her granddaughters.
Norma will be especially remembered for her beautiful smile, zest for life, quick wit and love for her family. Norma retained her sense of grace, humor and optimism up until the very end of her life.
Norma is survived by her husband Judge Walter H. Condley, daughter and son-in-law, Nowa and Eric Triolo; granddaughters Alexandra and Madison Triolo; all of Hollister, California; sister-in-law Mary Lou Hake of Brandon, Mississippi; and dear cousin Connie McCay of Grass Valley, California,
Published in Bakersfield Californian from Aug. 7 to Aug. 8, 2014
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