Norma Dunbrook Dintaman died October 6, 2012 at her home in Alexandria. She was 92.
Born in Grand Rapids, MI, she was a graduate of the University of Miami, Ohio. After graduation, she was commissioned an ensign in the United States Naval Reserve in May 1944. She moved to Washington, D.C., during World War II, serving in the WAVES. She left the service in 1949.
While serving in Washington, she met Robert J. Dintaman, who was also serving in the Navy. They were married on September 7, 1946. They lived in an apartment in Washington, then built their lifelong home on Vale Street in Alexandria in 1951.
Norma, known as Ned to family and friends, was an avid gardener and a member of the Pinecrest Garden Club. She enjoyed golfing and bridge, and in her later years traveled extensively with Bob, the love of her life. Her family was her passion, and the home on Vale Street was the center of the family universe. Until her death, Ned loved to walk around the neighborhood and outside in the yard. She was a reader and had a great sense of humor. She loved yard sales and going to the Goodwill store and Salvation Army.
She is survived by four children: Debbie and Bob, stepsons Richard and Roger, nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
A graveside service was held at Fairfax Memorial Park on October 28.
Expressions of sympathy can be made to the .

Published in The Washington Post on Nov. 20, 2012