Norma Lorraine Daniels Best, 84
Norma Lorraine Daniels Best, 84
Norma Lorraine Daniels Best, 84, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 5, 2012, in Sandy, Utah.
She was born on June 27, 1927, to Clifford and Velta Jolley Daniels in Blackfoot. She had one younger sister, Evah, and two younger brothers, Delwin and Leon.
Norma attended Irving Grade School, Blackfoot Junior High, and Blackfoot High School (class of 1945.) She was involved in the safety patrol, student council, choir, and the Pep Club. In addition, she attended and graduated from LDS Seminary.
Norma married Walter T. Best, Jr., also of Blackfoot, on Jan. 21, 1945.
A few weeks later, Walter was drafted into the U.S. Army. Norma remained in Blackfoot with her parents, working at King’s variety store. Upon Walter’s return from the service they settled in Blackfoot. The couple later moved to Idaho Falls, then Ammon.
For a few years they owned a small country store in Lincoln. Norma ran the store, while Walter attended classes at Ricks College. After graduating from Ricks, they moved to Logan, Utah where Walter completed his degree at Utah State University.
After his graduation from USU, Walter took a job with the Department of Army at the Tooele Army Depot. A few months later, in January 1968, the family moved to East Moline, Ill., when Walter transferred to the Rock Island Arsenal. While living in Illinois, Norma was active in church positions and worked as an Avon representative. In 1979, Walter transferred to Germany. While living in Germany they enjoyed many travel opportunities and cultural activities.
In 1984, after Walter’s retirement, they returned to Blackfoot. Norma and Walter were active in Blackfoot community events, including Lions Club and Daughters of Utah Pioneers. They were also active in church callings, serving as temple workers at the Idaho Falls Temple, directors of the Family History Library in Blackfoot, and serving a full-time mission in the Florida Tallahassee mission.
After Walter passed away on Dec. 4, 2002, Norma remained in Blackfoot. She continued her participation in community and church activities. She also enjoyed visiting with friends, neighbors, family and relatives.
In 2009, after suffering a stroke, she moved to Canyon Creek Assisted Living Center in Midvale, Utah, where she could be closer to her sons, Russell and Steven, and their families.
Norma was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in a number of church callings. These included Cub Scouts, Beehive leader, Primary president, and Relief Society president.
She is survived by her brother Leon (Darlene) Daniels; sister-in-law Elaine (Delwin) Daniels; her children Russell (Kathy), Midvale, Utah; Steven, Salt Lake City, Utah; David (Carol), Springfield, Va.; 13 grandchildren; and 29 great-grandchildren.
Viewing will be Friday, May 11, 2012, from 7-9 p.m. at the Hawker Funeral Home, 132 S. Shilling Ave., Blackfoot, and for one hour prior to the service. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 12, 2012, at the Hawker Funeral Home at 11:00 a.m., with interment at Grove City Cemetery, Blackfoot.
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