Norma Jean Dye Phipps
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Norma Jean Dye Phipps, 88, born April 20, 1932 and passed away peacefully Wednesday, June 3, 2020.
Norma was a teacher beginning her career in 1952 in eastern Kentucky. She was the first female school bus driver in the area. She taught summers at Indian Community Schools. She taught 5th grade at Woodrow Wilson Elementary and Twin Peaks Elementary. She served as president of Granite School District Teachers Association, and was the chief contract negotiator for the teachers for several years. She was a member of the National Education Association and a former board member of Wasatch Manor, Salt Lake City.
She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Rosecrest 2nd Ward.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Hazel Muriel Dye (1907-1983); her father, Ireland Dye (1905-1998); and sister, Anna Dye Williams (1930-2003).
She is survived by her only son, Robert Edward Phipps (Tammy), Tooele, UT; sister, Della Grace Calderwood (Dave), Round Rock, TX; five nephews, Thomas Williams (Henrietta), San Francisco, CA; John Williams (Sherry), Lexington, KY; Charles Dieteman (Lisa), Round Rock, TX; Thomas Calderwood (Julie), Round Rock, TX; Daniel Calderwood (Meredith), Round Rock, TX; 3 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and 5 great-great-grandchildren.
She is dearly loved and will be missed by all.
Family will gather for a memorial service Friday, June 12, 2020 at 11:00am at the Rosecrest 2nd Ward, 3101 South 2300 East. The memorial service will be available to watch online by going to Norma's obituary page at; where there is also a guestbook to post messages for the family. Interment will follow at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.

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Published in The Salt Lake Tribune on Jun. 7, 2020.
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July 9, 2021
I know a year late. Mrs Phipps taught us much wisdom at Twin Peaks as a 5th grade teacher. Many of the phrases she used I´ve passed down to my own children. She is left some extremely big shoes at Twin Peaks and I had the pleasure of being in her class.
Thomas Robertson
June 15, 2020
I have been Norma's hairstylist since 2017, I loved listening to her stories. She was a wonderful lady and will be missed at missed dearly at our salon
Karan Channon
June 8, 2020
Norma was a very dear friend of many years. I will miss her very much. We sure enjoyed our monthly luncheons and daily telephone visits. I love this elegant lady.
June 8, 2020
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Sharon Lallathin
June 7, 2020
Mrs. Phipps was my 5th grade teacher at Twin Peaks in a year that didnt start out the best for her. She was moved to another school against her wishes and had to fight to be allowed to stay at the school she clearly loved. I was one of the lucky kids who benefitted that year since parents had to choose to move their kids to her class. We had a very small class that eventually grew to about 20 kids as new kids moved into the school. I was in there with my best friend and felt encouraged to do my best to earn the smiley face rewards she gave for good scores on worksheets. Those could later be traded in for treats. I also remember one day after lunch she decided to take the class for a walk down to Skaggs Drugs and buy us ice cream cones. Thats not something a teacher could do today. She was one of my favorite teachers. My condolences to her family.
Carol Kidd
June 7, 2020
Mrs. Phipps was my 5th Grade teacher at Twin Peaks Elementary in 1968 - over fifty years ago. She was strict and she was firm and she loved her students.

She left her indelible mark on me by pushing me to do more and be a better student than I already was and I've always had a fond spot for her in my heart as my favorite teacher.

Vaya con Dios, Norma. Go with God, Mrs. Phipps and thank you. You made me a better person.

My condolences to your family and friends.

Kelly C
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