Norma Elizabeth <I>Burckhalter</I> Beckley

Norma Elizabeth Burckhalter Beckley

Birth
Wheatland, Platte County, Wyoming, USA
Death 27 Mar 2014 (aged 92)
Colfax, Whitman County, Washington, USA
Burial Ritzville, Adams County, Washington, USA
Memorial ID 131309258 · View Source
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Norma Elizabeth Beckley was born to George and Meta Burckhalter on March 30, 1921, in Wheatland, Wyo.

The family moved in 1928 to Ritzville, Wash., where her father was employed as a county agriculture agent. Norma and her brother, George, and sister Laura, attended grade and high schools in Ritzville. She graduated in 1939.

It was in her high school years that she met the love of her life and future husband, Carl Beckley of Benge, Wash. They both attended the State College of Washington (now WSU) and graduated in 1943. Norma received a bachelor of science degree in physical education. Carl and Norma attended Stanford University for one year and were married April 20, 1944, in Palo Alto, Calif. A short time later, they returned to the family farm eight miles southeast of Benge. They farmed together at this location, raising cereal grains until Carl's passing in 2001. They also raised two children, Gregg and Doug.

Norma was one of the original 38 charter members of the Benge Community Church. She was active in local clubs and activities. She enjoyed music, her home, art and her grandchildren. She was an excellent cook and worked very hard at cooking the meals for her family, the hired help and the harvest crews over the years. She kept everyone laughing with her great sense of humor and quick wit. She enjoyed traveling when possible and family gatherings. It was with great joy she was able to attend, with help from the Courtyard staff in Colfax, the Beckley family farm centennial in August 2013. She was able to visit with many she had not seen for some time.

From 2011 to 2014, she resided at the Courtyard in Colfax. In January 2014, she moved to the Whitman Health and Rehab Center. She passed away peacefully March 27, 2014, three days short of her 93rd birthday.

Norma is survived by her sons, Gregg (Lisa) and Douglas (Dian); her sister, Laura (Dick); sister-in-law Marge; six grandchildren, Angela (Jason) , Brandon, Brooke (Michael), Wash., Matthew (Aimee), Beau (Kristi), and Summer (Rick); six great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl; a brother, George; and her parents.


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  • Created by: Kerry
  • Added: 12 Jun 2014
  • Find A Grave Memorial 131309258
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Norma Elizabeth Burckhalter Beckley (30 Mar 1921–27 Mar 2014), Find A Grave Memorial no. 131309258, citing Ritzville Memorial Cemetery, Ritzville, Adams County, Washington, USA ; Maintained by Kerry (contributor 48011981) .