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Norma Lee Desmond 1925 ~ 2010 Norma Lee Desmond, age 85, passed away peacefully from complications related to renal failure on Thursday, November 25th 2010 with her son William and her grandson Nicholas by her side. It is impossible to truly express our loss for someone whom we so cared and loved. The world is truly a sadder place with the loss of our beloved mother and grand-mother.Norma Lee Desmond was born on September 22, 1925 to Merle and Florence Scrote. She was born in Kenmore, now just a neighborhood in Akron, Ohio. Norma received a B.A. in English from the University of Akron and later graduated from Brigham Young University with a Masters of Library Science in 1976. Norma married Floyd Charles Desmond, now passed, with whom she had three children. It is beyond the scope of mere words to summarize Norma within the confines of this text. During their marriage, Norma and Floyd moved from Ohio to Phoenix and then lived in California, before they settled in Salt Lake City, Utah. Norma worked very hard to support her family. As a young college woman she supported herself and our country making wings for C-47s during World War II. During most of her career she worked for several different libraries and in the end was employed by Salt Lake County for just over 25 years before her retirement in 1993. In her retirement years she continued to not only help support her children but also helped raise her seven grandchildren and one great-grandson. She kept very active and especially enjoyed Scrabble and card playing and even joined several card-playing clubs and associations; not to mention she repeatedly won in family games. She continuously supported the Salvation Army, the Humane Society, and other charities. But most of all, she maintained her support for local libraries and instilled in her children and grandchildren a love of reading and community service. She was very proud to say that she was able to attend her 50th high school reunion. Norma is survived by her loving children William and Sharon Desmond, her grandchildren: Dan, Jessica, Christopher, Nicholas, Bonnie, Elizabeth, and Michael, and her great-grandson Justin. Norma was preceded in death by her mother and father and by her oldest daughter Catherine Owens. The family wishes to express a heartfelt thank you to the doctors and nurses at the University of Utah Medical Center, the staff and nurses at Willow Wood Care Center, and the nurses from Bristol Hospice for their loving care and assistance with Norma. In accordance to her final wishes no public services will be held. Family members and invited guests will hold a private ceremony to inter her remains at the Murray City Cemetery. Also in accordance with her final wishes, in lieu of flowers or memorial contributions, the family requests that donations be made to the Salt Lake County Library System, the local Salvation Army, or the Salt Lake Humane Society.

Published in Salt Lake Tribune on Dec. 1, 2010
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