Norma Graham Jackson (1935 - 2013)

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Norma Graham Jackson, 77

Melrose

Norma Fay Graham, loving wife of James (Jim), mother of James Jr. (deceased at birth), David Wayne, Jared Graham, and Kathryn (Kitt) Jennifer. Her Mother Fay Catherine Graham and father Norman Berdsford Graham preceded Norma in death. Norma's older sister, Doris Thorson, passed in Dec 2012.

Norma died peacefully at the Melrose hospital with Hospice attending, Monday January 14th at 6:15 AM.

Norma was born March 16th 1935 in Detroit MI and moved about the country with her family as her father was required in his many business adventures. Norma graduated from Escondido Union High School High School in 1953. She then attended the John Hopkins School of Nursing, on a full academic scholarship, graduating as an RN in 1956.

She married Jim in Clearwater, FL in 1957 and was stationed with him as he moved about the US serving the USCG for 4 years on active duty and 2 years in the active reserve.

After leaving the USCG in 1961 Jim and Norma moved to Dubuque IA with their first child, David, where he was employed as an engineer in the Engine Division for John Deere. In 1969 they were transferred to Cedar Falls/Waterloo IA to the newly established Engine Engineering Research Division until his retirement in 1998. During these 56 years of marriage Norma was floor nurse, an operating room surgical nurse (her favorite) in the many towns they had lived in. She then went to work for an oral surgeons group in Waterloo in 1977, then In 1982 Norma went to work for the Tama Co IA Public Health Department as a staff RN calling on homebound patients. In 1988 she was promoted to the Administrator of the Health Dept until her retirement in 1997.

Norma was a Girl Scout, belonged to Jobs Daughters, Eastern Star, Visiting Nurses Association, and P.E.O. and was board member and a very active member in the Episcopal Church. In addition Norma did various volunteer work, including Melrose Hospital and the Food Shelf.

Norma and Jim moved from their home in the country, north east of Buckingham, IA to Melrose, MN in 2004 where they continued to reside in retirement. They were familiar with the area due to their summer family vacations on both the north and east shores of Big Birch Lakes @ Grey Eagle, MN. They continue to spend the month of August each year at the lake. In addition to the family being great water sports enthusiasts, they have been active snowmobile riders through out the many snow states since 1970.

Their children were able to be here with her over Christmas and again at her passing, David (Ft. Dodge, IA), Jared (Chicago IL) and Kitt and her husband Mike Gogel (New Hartford IA).

As Norma's friends and family watch her sail across the horizon and disappear she is welcomed with open arms on the other side as she sails into her new journey.

Norma was highly loved by all she came in contact with and will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

A memorial service will be held at the Good Samaritan Episcopal Church in Sauk Centre in May, to be announced.

The family requests no flowers to be sent. Memorial donations, if so inclined, may be sent to the for Research.

Published in the St. Cloud Times on Jan. 18, 2013
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