Normandie Belcher Hays, 70, passed away suddenly but peacefully Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012. Wife, mother to five, stepmother to three and grandmother to 15.
Normandie was born Nov. 6, 1942, to Clarence Dermont Belcher and Blanche Musser in Murray, Utah, the fourth of eight children. She graduated from Granite High School and attended the University of Utah.
As a glamorous young flight attendant, she met the love of her life, David Hays. They married Aug. 23, 1966, and began a 46-year-long marriage of laughter, travel, adventure and love. They briefly lived in Los Angeles, then moved to Idaho Falls, where Normandie raised five children.
She worked in various capacities throughout her life, refusing to sit still for even a moment. One of her proudest accomplishments was opening and teaching a preschool that touched the lives of children for a decade. Her most beloved work was that of a wife and mother, and she served her family endlessly.
After 32 cold Idaho winters, Normandie and David retired to St. George, Utah. She loved being close to two of her sisters. She was always involved in something, whether it was camping with her sweetheart or volunteering for the Senior Games.
Normandie was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and is revered for her valiant service. Together with her husband, Normandie served a series of missions in Laie, Hawaii. It was one of the best times of her life.
Normandie had talents beyond measure, and everything she touched became extraordinary. From her flower gardens to elaborate birthday cakes to specially sewn gowns, she left a trail of beauty wherever she went. She was a particularly gifted grandmother who delighted her grandchildren with homemade birthday cards, delicious suckers and tea parties complete with a British accent.
Normandie is survived by her husband, James David Hays; her five children, Bradley, Stephanie (Jeff) Frederick, Jordan (Cindy) Hays, Julie (Aaron) Groff and Lara (Justin) Zierke; her stepsons, David Hays Jr., Kenny (Marina) Hays and Craig (Belinda) Hays; and her siblings, Annette, Marianne, Richard, Steven, Kim and Lorrie.
Family and friends are invited to attend any of the following services. A viewing was held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, at the Morningside LDS Chapel, 912 S. 1740 East (Foremaster Drive). A viewing also was at 10 a.m. Thursday, followed by funeral services, at the Morningside LDS chapel. Interment will be today, Dec. 14, in Salt Lake City. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Virlow LDS Chapel, 2349 Virlow St. in Idaho Falls.