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Norma Fay (Blandford) Girard

August 24, 1940 ~ September 18, 2022 (age 82)

Obituary

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In the early morning hours of Sunday, September 18, 2022, our beloved mom, grandma, great grandma, aunt, sister, and friend Norma Fay Blandford Girard, returned to Heavenly Father, finally at the side of her eternal companion, Vernon Gus Girard.  She was at home, surrounded by people she loved and who loved her in return.  Her death was unexpected.  However, knowing she has returned to our Heavenly Father, happy to once again be with her Vern as well as finally being free from pain, is a solace for those who grieve her death.

Norma was born on August 24, 1940 to Joseph William Blandford and Thelma Loretta Jackson. She was the sixth of the eight children.

Her enthusiasm for life and the love she showed through service endeared her to many. Norma never met a stranger.  In her vision of the world, people were simply friends she hadn't met yet. Her charismatic personality was infectious.  Knowing Norma meant loving her.

Norma and her seven siblings were born and raised on a ranch in the outskirts of Steamboat Springs, Colorado.  She was an outgoing and witty child.  She was a cheerleader in high school and had many friends. It was in Steamboat Springs that she met Vern.  They were married on May 6, 1959.  Their union was later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple.  They were blessed with one daughter, Debrah RaLynn Vanoy.  Debbie was their miracle baby.  Sadly, Norma suffered six miscarriages following Debbie's birth.  She was always sad that she lost so many babies but knew that one day she would be reunited with her children after death.  Norma was very proud of and very close to Debbie.  The two were inseparable, the best of friends.  Debbie retired on August 1st of this year to help take care of her mom.  No one could predict how short that time would be.

Norma loved children.  She worked for the school District in Moffat County Colorado until she and Vern moved to Utah.  They then worked as the caretakers of the camp owned by Alpine School District in Clear Creek, Utah.  This was a job they both enjoyed until Norma hurt her back and could no longer continue there.  She then became a teacher's aide and an occupational and physical therapist aide for the Alpine School District.  Before retirement, she worked in a behavioral unit classroom.  She was loved by the kids.  They lovingly referred to her as "Grandma G."  

She retired from the school district in 2000.  She and Vern had hoped to serve as full-time missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. However, Vern was diagnosed with cancer.  The two worked as temple workers until Vern's death.  She then served an 18-month service mission for the Church at the Cannery in Lindon.  She loved to help and be surrounded by others, so this made her happy.

Norma enjoyed many things.  She was blessed with the ability to play the piano by ear.  She loved to sing.  She often sang solos in church and in school events.  After retiring, she enjoyed making jewelry.  Many many people have been blessed with the gift of one of her creations.  She enjoyed reading books, especially novels in the Amish Community genre.  She also enjoyed reading books written by many L.D.S. authors.  She and Vern loved the outdoors.  They enjoyed spending quiet times together fishing and camping.

She had a reputation for her stubbornness as well as her feistiness.  Those who knew her never knew what to expect when she started a conversation.  She showcased humor, helping others to feel at ease around her.  Norma loved to love.  Her heart was filled with affection for everyone she got to know.

Norma is survived by her daughter, Debbie.  She is also survived by two granddaughters: Amy (Jared) Sampert and Leslie Girard.  She was great grandma to four children: Ava Malia Holst, Noah Tyleek Holst, Ammon Graysen Girard Holst, and Emmett Martin Weston Holst.  She is also survived by two brothers and several nieces and nephews.  Norma was preceded in death by her husband Vern, the children she lost, as well as most of her siblings.

Our family would like to thank the nurses from Valeo health services, especially Allison, who provided so much love and support as we watched Norma slip away.  The family would also like to send a thank you to the many doctors she has seen over the years who have helped try to make her life more comfortable. 

Finally, the family wishes to thank Olpin Family Mortuary for their part in Norma's services.  The respect and decency they have shown our family with not only Norma's death but Vern's, as well, has helped us tremendously in this time of need.  Thank you to the friends and family who have reached out to send comfort and support.  We are grateful for the outpouring of love we have received by many people.   Thank you to the Lindon 20th ward for providing comfort and food for the family and out of town guests after the memorial. 

Funeral services will be held Friday, September 23, 2022 at 11:00 am in the Olpin Family Mortuary Chapel, 494 South 300 East, Pleasant Grove where family and friends may attend a viewing from 9:00 – 10:45 am prior to the service. Interment will be in the Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Camp Williams at a later date.

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Friday
September 23, 2022

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Friday
September 23, 2022

11:00 AM
Olpin Family Mortuary
494 South 300 East
Pleasant Grove, UT 84062

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