Norma June (Stuart) Rowland (1928 - 2007)

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Norma June Stuart Rowland passed away on Oct. 13, 2007, at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital.

She was born in Belgrade on Oct. 11, 1928, the only daughter of Norm and Cora Stuart. She attended Belgrade schools all 12 years and graduated salutatorian of her class of 1946.

She was a secretary to the Lynch brothers, who operated Lynch Flying Service at Gallatin Field Airport from 1945–1950, and obtained her private pilot's license. In the 1950s Norma, along with Charles S. Wright and James S. Stradley, started their own business, Gallatin Flying Service.

One of Norma's highlights of living in Belgrade was being chosen by the Belgrade Chamber of Commerce to represent them as rodeo queen at the 1948 Bozeman Jaycee Roundup. She and the Manhattan contestant won a trip to Delray Beach, Fla.

Another highlight of Norma's flying career in Belgrade was her association with the Montana Chapter of Ninety-Nines. In September 1954, 17 licensed women pilots were to form the Montana Ninety-Nines.

In 1951 she was married to David Wingfield of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. In 1963, Norma married H. Binney Rowland, who owned Montana Airmotive in Billings, which they continued to operate until 1969 when they moved to Kansas City, Mo.

In 1971, she moved to Ann Arbor, Mich., where she resided until 2002 when she returned home to Montana. At this time she reconnected with Willis (Griz) Grizwold.

Her hobbies included flying, painting, music, gardening and numerous other activities.

She is survived by her daughter, Eldeen Wingfield of Utah; son, David (Vickie Keller) Wingfield and their daughter Shannon of Texas; daughter, Candace Mason and her sons, Weston Phillips and Kurtis Lidstrom of Montana; daughter, Heather Rowland and her daughters, Taylor, Hunter and Bailey of Michigan. Also surviving are her cousins she considered siblings, Sharon Breeton, Karen (Marvin) Brown, Marcia and Dean Robinson and John and Linda Stuart.

Anyone who knew her knows she is survived by a wealth of friends. As Norma would say "This is so song" -- not goodbye.

A memorial service will be held 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Belgrade Community Church.

Should friends desire, memorials may be made to the Pioneer Museum, Breast Cancer Research, Ninety-Nines or to the charity of the donors choice. Funeral arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service.
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Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Oct. 14, 2007
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