Norma Adeline Hudson, born March 17, 1938, passed away peacefully while at hospice in Penticton on December 29, 2021, at the age of 83 after bravely battling cancer for 15 years.
Born in Vernon to Harvey and Addy Bailey, Norma grew up in Falkland along with her brothers and sisters, Florence, Alec, George, Olive, Harvey, Wally and Barb. Raised on the family farm, she and her siblings learned early in life the value of hard work, while always finding time for play and dancing (Old-Time Waltzes being her favourite)
After high school Norma moved to Williams Lake and started her first job as an assistant at the William’s Lake Post Office. She then moved to Kamloops to live with her sister Olive and worked at the Kamloops Post Office.
Norma married in January 1958 and immediately started a family. Gordon was born later that year, Kevin in 1961 and Karen in 1962. Norma and her family moved to Naramata in 1963 where she watched her children grow up.
Norma loved her life in Naramata and was always the first to volunteer for almost everything in the community. She was a Girl Guide/Brownie leader, Cub Scout leader and a board member of the recreation committee. Some of Norma’s favourite memories were playing at the beach with her kids in the summer and snowmobiling with the family in the winter.
Always putting her family first, she was a stay-at-home mom until her children were old enough to look after themselves. She then began her career as a bookkeeper, working until she retired in 1996.
Norma moved to Penticton in early 1985, where she dabbled in real estate. While living in one of the houses she was fixing up, she met the love of her life, Del Hudson. Norma and Del were married in Naramata on June 18, 1990. As was typical of Norma, she quickly welcomed into her family Del’s four children, Ray, Tina, Tara and Mike.
Norma and Del loved to travel. Together they toured Europe and much of Canada, including a trip up the Alaska Highway and both looked forward to spending their winters in Yuma, Arizona. They made many lifelong friends during their time in Yuma, and they loved to share the stories of all the crazy fun they had together.
While her children called her “Mom”, to all her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, she was “Nanny.” Nanny loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and was at her happiest when they would visit. She will be greatly missed by all of them.
Norma was predeceased by her husband Del, and survived by her children, Gordon (Cindy); Kevin (Irene) and Karen (Michael); her step-children, Ray (Cyndi), Tina (Mike), Tara (Erick) and Michael (Mary Anne). She is also survived by her 17 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life will be held with her family in Falkland in the spring of 2022.
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