Norma Harmon Armstrong Grotepas
Oct 17, 1915~Feb 24, 2013
Norma Harmon Armstrong Grotepas, 97, passed away February 24, 2013 in Highland, Utah, surrounded by loved ones. She was born October 17, 1915 in Manti, Utah to Rozella Lowry and Milton Spilsbury Harmon. She was the fourth of eight children and was a dutiful and loving daughter. Norma married her "forever husband," Kenton Alif Armstrong, in the Manti LDS Temple on November 1, 1933. Together they had four daughters, premature identical twins who died at birth in 1934, Kenna Rae born in 1935, and Suzanne born in 1937. Kenton tragically drowned in 1938. Norma remained single for almost 30 years until she married Willem (Bill) L. Grotepas in 1967. He was a wonderful grandpa to her ten grandchildren, and she was a wonderful grandmother to his four grandchildren. He passed away in 1998.
Norma worked many jobs throughout her life including sewing parachutes and working in an ammunitions plant during World War II, and selling Avon door to door. But she found her true career as the manager of the Cottonwood Mall Deseret Book Store from the time it opened in 1962 until her marriage to Bill in 1967. After her marriage she lived in Concord, California and was able to resume her education, obtaining her Associate of Arts degree from Mt. Diablo Community College.
Norma had numerous talents, and she worked diligently to develop them. She was an accomplished painter, a meticulous seamstress, and an award-winning gardener. In her later years, she created a beautiful, elegant home for her extended family to enjoy. She was extremely well-read and died with three books on her nightstand.
Norma was blessed throughout her entire life with a strong, healthy body and a quick mind. She was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She held many callings, spent hours compiling family history, and enjoyed ten years of weekly service in the Jordan River LDS Temple.
She is survived by daughters Kenna Rae (David Earl) Ford and Suzanne (Kay Thomas) Worthington, 10 grandchildren, and 19 great-grandchildren, who all love and miss her and are extremely grateful for her wonderful example of diligence, hard work, dedication, and love.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 9, 2013, at 11:00 a.m, at the Highland 23rd Ward LDS Chapel, 6400 West 11000 North (SR 92/ Timpanogos Highway), Highland, UT. Viewing from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Burial at Ephraim City Cemetery.
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