Norma Johanna Buss Norvell passed away peacefully on Jan. 7, 2018 in Spokane, Washington, after a 14-year journey through Alzheimer Disease. She was born, the third of seven children, to John and Elizabeth Buss in Lonetree Township, Minnesota, on Oct. 28, 1930, and moved to Washington state with her family the summer after her junior year in high school. She graduated from Snohomish High, went on to study at Western Washington College in Bellingham and then to the University of Washington. In 1952, Norma met and married Jack Norvell, and In 1955, they moved to Alaska, where they raised their family.
Norma had a long career with the Alaska State Department of Highways in Douglas, Alaska where she eventually worked her way to becoming an accounting systems analyst for the newly expanded Department of Transportation. When she retired in 1982, she joined her husband, who had just finished building their new home at Cape San Juan on San Juan Island, Washington. When her husband died from cancer in 1992, Norma remained on the island until 2005, when she moved to Spokane, Washington to be near her daughters. She had been diagnosed with Alzheimer Disease in March, 2004.
Norma is survived by her four children, Darlana Dyer (Bill), Kimberley Warnock (Bruce), Jacques Norvell and Max Norvell; eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren; sisters Beulah Grimberg and Irma Sheid, and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was laid to rest beside her husband, Jack, at Valley Cemetery, San Juan Island, on Jan. 27, 2018.
She is cherished, now, in our memories until we see her again. The Norvell Family.