|Birth: ||Jan. 25, 1916|
|Death: ||Oct. 18, 2014|
Early Life: Norma was born January 25, 1916, in Murray, Utah, the second daughter of LeRoy and Effie Lauretta Olsen Turpin. Her mother, Effie, died of Bright’s Disease when Norma was six months old. Maternal grandparents, Jacob and Isabella Ross Wilson Olsen, lovingly cared for Norma and older sister, Ruth. The girls forever had a dear and motherly connection with their Grandmother Olsen. Father, LeRoy Turpin, then married Alice Margaret Olsen (Effie’s sister), who raised Norma and Ruth. More siblings were born: an infant brother (stillborn), Marvin LeRoy, Phyllis and Elaine.
Life's Work/Service/Interests: Norma attended University of Utah and Utah State University. She graduated from USU in fall 1938 with a degree in Home Economics Education. Unable to find a teaching position in her major, she accepted a position as an elementary teacher in Altona, Duschesne County, Utah, and began her career October 1938 replacing a teacher who had been transferred. Norma and another teacher named Luella, became good friends. Arvil Gale was writing to Luella and drove to Altona from Provo once in a while to visit. Luella introduced Norma to Arvil. In 1941, Norma was offered a position at Bonneville School in Murray, Utah. Arvil made the trip to Murray every weekend to see her. They married August 5, 1942, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. Together, they established a home in south Provo where they raised four children. After several years as a substitute teacher, Norma joined the faculty at Sharon Elementary in Orem, Utah, and taught kindergarten until her retirement. She and Arvil were active and devoted members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In 1979, they served an LDS mission in Little Rock, Arkansas. After Arvil’s death in 1987, Norma finally learned to drive a car and made regular trips to the Provo Temple as an ordinance worker. With the help of her daughter, Patrena, Norma continued regular temple attendance. Two philosophies Norma lived by were: a woman need never be ashamed of her home as long as it is clean and tidy, and children should be treated with respect and dignity. Norma Turpin Gale passed away Saturday, October 18, 2014, in Orem, Utah. Her death was the direct result of congestive heart and kidney failure as well as other issues related to age. She was 98.
Survived By: Privacy protected. Obituary may have this information, sources available below.
Preceded In Death By: Her husband, Arvil Stubbs Gale (1987); brother, Marvin LeRoy (Beverly) Turpin (1997); daughter, Alice Marie (Val) Jones (1999); great-grandson, Spencer Max Jones (2003); and sister, Ruth (Everett) Bird (2012).
Services: Pioneer Park LDS Ward Chapel
Mortuary: Berg Mortuary
Obituary: Berg Mortuary | Nov 2014
Bio compiled by: AnnieDuckettHundley
LeRoy Turpin (1886 - 1963)
Effie Lauretta Olsen Turpin (1885 - 1916)
Arvil Stubbs Gale (1913 - 1987)
Alice Marie Gale Jones (1945 - 1999)*
Ruth Turpin Bird (1913 - 2012)*
Norma Turpin Gale (1916 - 2014)
Note: Interment 27 Oct 2014
Provo City Cemetery
Plot: Block 21 Lot 81
Maintained by: AnnieDuckettHundley
Originally Created by: Lisa
Record added: Nov 13, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 80394899
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