Norma B. Johnson passed away on Dec. 24, 2012.
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Born May 5, 1926, in White Sulphur Springs, Mont., she was the youngest of three children born to Aubrey and Sara Staley. She grew up in rural Montana and, after World War II, married her high school sweetheart Cloyd H. Johnson.
They relocated to La Grande, Ore., and eventually Klamath Falls, Ore., where her husband Cloyd became the cheese maker for the Klamath Falls Creamery. Cloyd and Norma later founded Trans Milk, Inc. and operated the family supported business as a contract milk transport company.
Mother to four children, Norma was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years and her eldest son Wesley.
Surviving family includes daughter CJ Bunch, sons Ben Johnson and Cloyd Jr. Johnson, grandson Morgan Bunch, and daughter-in-law Sheri Johnson. Her sister Mary and her husband Bill Kitchens live in Soldotna, Alaska, with extended family.
Norma loved keeping a neat and tidy yard with plenty of colorful flowers, including all varieties of Cosmos. She enjoyed shopping, dressing smartly and whirlwind trips to Reno, Nev.
After Cloyd's death in 1997, she purchased property in Mesa, Ariz., in the same gated community as her sister Mary and brother-in-law Bill. Norma spent winters, enjoying the company of family and friends, in Mesa with frequent trips to Laughlin, Nev., and Mexico.
No services are planned as the ashes of both Cloyd and Norma will be returned to Montana and sprinkled on the Johnson family ranch, where the two of them played as children, strolled as teenagers and fell in love.
Published in Herald And News on Jan. 27, 2013