Norma Conner McNeil passed from this life into her home in Glory on July 11, 2020. She was surrounded by the love of her daughters and grand-daughters, who were at her side. She was 96.
Norma was born in Richfield, Idaho on April 23, 1924. She attended school in Shoshone, Idaho, graduating in 1942. She married William Reid McNeil (Bill), the love of her life on March 8, 1946. They moved to California with their three young daughters in 1950, settling in Santa Maria in 1959. They enjoyed a beautiful, loving romance for 72 years.
Norma is survived by 3 daughters; Cherylee Crabtree, Marsha McNeil-Butler and Lynda Baker. She also leaves 4 grandchildren: Ronnie Selken, Kristin Selken, Kat Baker, and Jeff Crabtree. In addition, she leaves 3 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandsons.
Norma devoted her life to her husband and.children. She was a loyal, loving wife and a caring, compassionate Mother; convinced that Motherhood was her most important, and blessed, calling in life. She was alway there. Her love was unconditional and never faltered or wavered. The sacrifices which she made for her children can never be fully described, and will never be forgotten.
Later in life, she loved her grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; they brought her a joyful fullness which completed her. She loved nothing more in life than being surrounded by all the members of her family. She prayed, without ceasing, for each and every one of them and those prayers will be sorely missed.
Norma was brave in the face of hardship, and fiercely independent, never wanting to be a "burden" on others. Her dearest desire in the last few years was to be at Home with the Lord and her dearly loved, deeply missed husband, who preceded her in death in 2018. The 2 1/2 years they were separated were the saddest of her life; now, they are together again. Although our grief, and the loss left by her passing is very great, her love, nurturing and the example she left as her legacy, is greater still and will never leave us. We will be together again in the House of the Lord, and until then, "Her children will rise up and call her blessed."
Norma, as well as her family, wish to thank Wayne Miller of Miller Chiropractic for the many years of loving care he provided her.
There will be a visitation at Lori Family Mortuary on July 20th from 5 to 7:00 P.M., with a graveside service to follow at Santa Maria Cemetery on Tuesday, July 21st at 1:00 P.M.
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