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MERCER, Norma Eleanor I, Norma Eleanor Mercer was born in New York City in 1913. The family moved to Minnesota where my Dad was a Newspaper Editor. At that time there were 2 girls. The third one was born after they moved to Montana. Many friends were moving west and encouraged my Dad to follow. It was my home until I finished High School. We three girls attended college and taught school in various schools in the state. When I met my husband, I was Principal of the Grade School in Sidney, Montana. Shortly after we were married, Don was called into the Army. He was gone for three years. During that time I worked in Washington, D.C. for Optical Technicians. After the War we lived in Billings, Montana for 25 years. It was time to look for a retirement area. We chose Arizona due to its good climate. We lived in Leisure World long enough to celebrate our 50th Wedding Anniversary. We did a great deal of traveling during these years. After Don passed away with a sudden heart attack, I continued to travel and be involved in my community. I flew around the World on the Concorde and sailed around the World on the Royal Viking Ship. I spent 17 vacations in Europe and month each year in Hawaii. Still, I had time to promote the building of Banner Hospital. It was my first love and I received many awards for all my efforts. I included Mayo Clinic, United Way, Humane Society, Child Crisis, Sunshine Acres and gave generous donations to each one. A few years ago I moved to the Springs of East Mesa – a retirement home. Norma passed away on May 29, 2018 at the age of 104. My survivors include a nephew – Rocky Nielson of Queen Creek, Arizona; nieces Bonnie Harlan and Lori Lundberg of Missoula, Montana.
Published on  June 10, 2018
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