1923 – 2008

MONKEY ISLAND, Okla. - Norma Jensen Jeffrey of Monkey Island, o Grand Lake passed away at 6:18 Sunday evening, February 24, 2008 at her home after a long illness with her family at her side.

 Eighty-four years ago, Norma made her entrance into the world in Centerfield, a small town in Utah. She was born to Leonard and Myrtle Jensen on August 6, 1923. The birth was assisted by her grandmother who was a “mid-wife” She has two older brothers and two younger sisters. One sister died at eleven years of age.

Norma delivered papers for the Salt Lake Tribune. It was a common sight to see her riding up and down the valley on her bicycle tossing papers. She attended grade school in Centerfield and graduated from Gunnison Valley High School. Thru her paper deliveries, she won a scholarship to the LDS Business College in Salt Lake. After college, Norma accepted a position with steel Engineers in Salt Lake. She and three young ladies lived in a boarding house in Salt Lake and later shared an apartment. The war was the main focus of their lives. The evenings often found the girls at the USO dancing. It was at such a dance that she met a tall lanky soldier from Oklahoma. They were married approximately five weeks later on New Years Eve in her grandmother’s living room in Centerfield, Utah. For the next three years Norma became a “war bride” and worked at an ammunition factory, folded parachutes, and became a bookkeeper for the American Red Cross at Fort Douglas, Utah.

Major highlights of her life were the birth of her three sons-Allen, Kurt and Chris, who are all college graduates with advanced degrees. Norma became a homemaker until her youngest boy started school then she returned to work outside the home. After the family moved to the Grand Lake area in 1974, she worked at Glenn Berry for fifteen years. Since that time she has been a Pink Lady Volunteer at Integris Baptist Hospital in Miami where she contributed 7,000 plus hours. Norma and Lee have traveled extensively visiting Moscow, St. Petersburg, Cairo, The Pyramids, the Holy Land, Athens and Hawaii. They have fished in Canada where Norma became a master angler for her catch of a large Northern Pike. She also caught lake trout and walleye. In Costa Rica she boated a 100-pound Tarpon. In addition to their overseas travels, they have visited many of the states including attending the Rose Bowl Parade and game.

In addition to their three sons and their wives, Allen and Nelda Jeffery of Paola, KS, Kurt and Delana Jeffery of Yates Center, KS and Chris and Sharla Jeffery of Sedan, KS, Norma has eight grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren. Norma and Lee happily resided on Monkey Island on Grand Lake.

There will be a visitation for family and friends at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday February 27, 2008 prior to a 2:00 service time, which will be held at the Paul Thomas Funeral Home in Commerce, Oklahoma with Chaplain Bob Barker officiating. Serving as pallbearers will be K.J. Jeffery, Mike Jeffery, Jason Cummings, Lester Vohs, Broc Solander, Tom Huston, Jerry Krophff and Jay Foy. Internment will be held in the G.A.R. Cemetery in Miami, Oklahoma.

Services are under the direction of Thomas Funeral Home of Welch, Oklahoma