WATTS, Norma Bernice

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November 4, 1939 – November 13, 2016

 

It is with heavy hearts that we announce that our beloved Norma passed away in Calgary, at the age of 77.

Norma is survived by and will be dearly missed by her husband, Howard, her son Mark Murray and daughter-in-law Tracey, and her grandson Jared Murray.  She is also survived by two stepdaughters, Kathy Watts and Carla (Roy) Underhill; two stepsons, Glenn (Mary) Watts and Paul (Brenda) Watts; two sisters, Gladys (Reg) MacRae and Hazel  Newson; her brother Lyle Parkman (Elva); any many other relatives and friends.

Norma was predeceased by her parents Stewart and Janie Parkman; her sisters Adele Parkman and Elaine MacKinnon; her brother Oliver Parkman and her sister-in-law Audrey Parkman; and brother-in-law, Carlyle Newson.

Norma was born in New Glasgow, PEI and moved to Toronto, ON in 1959.  She moved to Calgary, AB in 1980 where she worked as a Judicial Clerk for Alberta Justice until her retirement in 1999, after which she moved to Vernon, BC.  In 2002, Norma and her husband Howard moved back to the Calgary area to be closer to family. Norma’s favourite pastime was playing golf and having fun with her grandson, Jared.

A Celebration of Norma’s Life will be held at Royal Canadian Legion Branch #285 (9202 Horton Rd SW, Calgary, AB) on Friday, November 18, 2016 at 11:00 am.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Spiritual Community Church of the West (12104 Lake Waterton Cres. S.E. Calgary, AB, T2J 2M7 Ph: 403-225-4331).

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  1. On 16/11/2016 at 10:14 am Dolorese Carruthers Said:

    Dear Howard and family

    I was very saddened to hear of Norma’s passing. Norma and I worked together for many years with Alberta Justice.
    Sincere condolences!

    Dolorese Carruthers

  2. On 16/11/2016 at 10:37 am Dolorese Carruthers Said:

    Dear Howard and family,

    I was very saddened to hear of Norma’s passing.
    Norma and I worked together for many years for Alberta Justice.
    Sincere condolences.

    Dolorese Carruthers

  3. On 16/11/2016 at 6:00 pm Kathy Watts Said:

    Words cannot express what I am feeling today we lost our Dear StepMom Norma Love and prayers to Dad Mark Tracey Jared and family, Love Kathy

  4. On 16/11/2016 at 6:01 pm Kathy Watts Said:

    Words cannot express what I am feeling today we lost our Dear StepMom Norma Love and prayers to Dad Mark Tracey Jared and family, Love Kathy

  5. On 17/11/2016 at 6:36 am Lisa Bulman Taylor Said:

    Sending our deepest condolences and prayers of comfort to Howard and family. I am saddened to hear of great-aunt Norma’s passing. She truly was a wonderful woman. Love, Lisa Bulman Taylor and family

  6. On 17/11/2016 at 8:06 am Garth & Fran Bulman Said:

    We would like to extend our heartfelt love and prayers at Norma’s passing to Howard, his family to Mark, Tracey and Jared Murray. Also to brother lyle , sisters Gladys, Hazel and their families.
    Always thought of Norma more as a sister then as an Aunt
    She could always brighten your day with her smile and her positive outlook on life.
    Her love of family would always show through.

    Shall dearly be missed but never be forgotten.

    Love
    Garth & Fran Bulman and family

  7. On 17/11/2016 at 8:08 am Garth & Fran Bulman Said:

    We would like to extend our heartfelt love and prayers at Norma’s passing to Howard, his family to Mark, Tracey and Jared Murray. Also to brother lyle , sisters Gladys, Hazel and their families.
    Always thought of Norma more as a sister then as an Aunt
    She could always brighten your day with her smile and her positive outlook on life.
    Her love of family would always show through.

    Shall dearly be missed but never be forgotten.

    Love
    Garth & Fran Bulman and family

  8. On 17/11/2016 at 8:25 am Grace and Family Said:

    You are in our thoughts and prayers as you honour all that Norma was to you.
    We will remember her kind,generous and fun loving spirit.
    Love from Grace and family.

  9. On 17/11/2016 at 8:35 am Grace and Family Said:

    You are in our thoughts and prayers as you honour all that Norma was to you.
    We will remember her kind, generous and fun filled spirit.
    May your find moments of peace and comfort as you go through this time of grief.

    Love from Grace and family.

  10. On 17/11/2016 at 9:54 am Grace and family Said:

    Keeping you in thought and prayer as you honour all that Norma was to you. We will remember her kind, generous and fun loving spirit.
    May you find moments of comfort and peace in the coming days.
    Love from Grace and family.

  11. On 17/11/2016 at 11:04 am Marian MacDonald Said:

    My heart goes out to you all as I’m a friend of your sister-in-law Gladys. May happy memories give you all comfort at this time. In sympathy, Marian.

  12. On 17/11/2016 at 2:53 pm Shirlie Mackay Said:

    Prayers and heart filled saddness. We always enjoyed her visits, when she visited the island. Lot of love from Shirlie &Norman Mackay, Vida Cass

  13. On 17/11/2016 at 3:59 pm Lyle & Elva Parkman Said:

    Howard, Mark, Tracey & Jared,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

    We are going to miss her visits to PEI during Old Home Week.

    “Sisters are a special gift and the greatest friend you will ever have”

    Love,
    Lyle (Brother, Elva Parkman
    xoxoxo

  14. On 17/11/2016 at 4:07 pm Lorelei, Brian and Melissa MacPherson Said:

    My condolences to Howard, Mark, Tracey and Jared,

    Aunt Norma was one of my favorite Aunts. I have lots of childhood memories of her like sleepovers up in Fredericton, pickups from School, ski trips to Brookvale in the little Toyota, and of course the never ending treats during our shopping excursions. We always had fun at the horse races during Old Home Week. I have many more memories that I will never forget.

    I know she is in Gods hands and she no longer has to suffer and can live free of pain.

    We will miss you Aunt Norma!
    Lorelei, Brian & Melissa MacPherson
    xoxoxoxoxo

  15. On 17/11/2016 at 4:32 pm Nelson and Barb Vessey Said:

    Uncle Howard and all the Families,

    We are sending our deepest condolences and our sincerest wishes in your time of sadness. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to you and all the families at this time of your great loss.

    It will be the little things
    that you will remember,
    the quiet moments,
    the smiles, the laughter.
    And although it may seem
    hard right now,
    it will be the memories
    of these little things
    that help to push
    away the pain
    and bring the smiles
    back again.

    These words can never express all the sorrow others share….or the sympathy sent to you at this time of loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you one and all.

    God Bless,

    Nelson and Barb Vessey

  16. On 18/11/2016 at 7:31 am Marlene and Barry Bainard Said:

    Howard, Mark, Tracey & Jared,
    We were so saddened to hear of the passing of Norma. We were so privileged to have had such a wonderful and caring Aunt who was always there for us. Norma was always there to help and support her family. She was a very caring and giving person and we will miss her so much.

    Sleep well Norma and enjoy your place in Heaven.

    Love Always
    Marlene and Barry Bainard

  17. On 18/11/2016 at 9:21 am Leith and Gertie Watts Said:

    Dear Howard and Family,
    We were very sorry to hear of Norma’s passing.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time.
    We will phone you at a later date,Howard.
    Take care,
    Leith and Gertie

  18. On 18/11/2016 at 10:36 am Hazel Newson Said:

    I will miss my sister and my friend. We grew up in Rustico as being the “twins”. We shared a bed , dressed the same , laughed and played together. We went to dances and had fun. We loved to get together, swim in the ocean, share stories and giggle , go shopping and vacation. My thoughts are with Howard, Mark, Tracy and Jared. She will be missed. Hazel

  19. On 18/11/2016 at 11:11 am hazel newson Said:

    I will miss my Sister. We grew up together in Rustico PEI and were best friends. We were referred to as “the Twins”. We dressed the same, played and laughed together, sang in church and slept together as girls in the same bed. We loved to visit each other and we would share stories and laugh. We loved to swim in the ocean and walk the beach. We were known to shop for clothes and always had fun. My thoughts are with Howard, Mark, Tracey and Jared. She will be missed. Hazel (Parkman) Newson.

  20. On 18/11/2016 at 11:21 am Carla Burgess Said:

    My Aunt Norma was always up for a good laugh and to share a story. My best memory is her and my mother (both over 70 yrs) helping each other to get down to the beach , get into the cold Atlantic Ocean, jump in waves and then float along. They were always giggling like young girls. They helped each other out of the ocean then help each other dry off. You can tell they had fun together. These two also like to talk about their grandchildren and see about how each one was doing. I remember hockey and school grades being mentioned. Aunt Norma was proud of Jared.
    Aunt Norma was wonderful and I hope the good memeroies continue to be shared. Heartfelt thought to Howard , Mark, Tracey and Jared.
    Carla ( Newson) Burgess and my brother Stewart Newson

  21. On 18/11/2016 at 1:28 pm Blaine and Cathy Parkman Said:

    Our condolences to Howard,Mark,Tracey and Jared

    My Aunt Norma was a very special Aunt in my life. Growing up she was like a second mom to her Grand children. She had a heart of gold and loved us all so very much. I so much enjoyed Aunt Norma and Howards visits to PEI. I will hold onto all my memories of her through out my life. It’s so sad to say good bye but one I know we will meet again.

    Love and prayers,

    Blaine and Cathy Parkman

  22. On 18/11/2016 at 2:05 pm Sabrina, Bart, Chase and Kaylynn Bainard-Verruyt Said:

    Having a celebration of life is the perfect way to remember Norma as that is what she did every day. You could feel it anytime you saw her. She always made everyone feel loved, important and spoiled! She was so generous, kind, loving and an inspiration to others. I feel privileged to have had her in our lives.

    Our deepest sympathies to you Howard, Mark, Tracy, Jared and the rest of the family. She’s a very lucky woman to have you as her husband. We love you both very much!

    Love Always,
    Sabrina, Bart, Chase and Kaylynn Bainard-Verruyt

  23. On 19/11/2016 at 6:27 am Wendell Cameron Said:

    I am saddened to hear of Norma’s passing. She will be missed by all of you, however, I can just imagine the laughter she is sharing now with her sister Seems. Thoughts and prayers to you all.
    Wendell and Andre

  24. On 19/11/2016 at 11:35 am Mark and Lorna Underhill Said:

    Dear Howard and Family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time with the passing of Norma. It was easy to know how loved she was from stories we heard from Roy and Carla Underhill and their grandchildren, from their visits back and forth with Howard and Norma over the years along with their visits to PEI. We are very sorry for your loss.

    Sincerely,
    Mark and Lorna Underhill – PEI

  25. On 19/11/2016 at 11:37 am Mark and Lorna Underhill Said:

    Dear Howard and Family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time with the passing of Norma. It was easy to know how loved she was from stories we heard from Roy and Carla Underhill and their grandchildren, from their visits back and forth with Howard and Norma over the years along with their visits to PEI. We are very sorry for your loss.

    Sincerely,
    Mark and Lorna Underhill – PEI

  26. On 19/11/2016 at 3:56 pm Kris Bulman Said:

    Dear Howard and Family,

    We’re saddened to hear of Norma passing. We want to express our sympathy and let you know that our thoughts are with you.

    Sincerely, Kris Bulman and family.

  27. On 19/11/2016 at 5:44 pm Shane, Pamela, Dillon & Jax Bolger Said:

    Dear Uncle Howard, Mark, Tracey & Jared,

    Our deepest condolences and our sincerest wishes in your time of sadness. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to you at this time of your great loss.

    “Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us everyday. Unseen, unheard, but always near. Still loved, still missed”.

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