Finally, after struggling through many months and years of ever diminishing quality of life due to loss of vision, COPD and Pneumonia, Mac watched Norma slip away in her sleep with her mind as sharp as a tack. Covid-19 was unable to stop Ian and Karen’s one last chance to tell their Mom how much they each loved and cared for her.
Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec she was the youngest child of the late George and Mabel (Rogers) Tucker. The family moved to Calgary when Norma was 19 years old leaving her brother, Cliff and his wife, Audrey, to raise their three children (Debbie, Jeff, and Wendy) in Montreal.
Norma completed secretarial training and worked for Imperial Oil as a young woman. She married Frederick MacDonald (Mac) James in the Scarboro United Church on May 7, 1960. They were lucky enough to share 60+ years of great time together as they raised their two children, Ian and Karen.
Norma’s family was her pride and joy. She was an exceptional homemaker who devoted her talents to managing a busy household, volunteering in her community, and caring for her children and grandchildren. Norma was also a loving wife who never tired of the “long drink of water she salvaged from the Banff Cascade Bar” and married many years ago. They enjoyed travelling, golfing, and raising their family together. Norma was an amazing cook, creating gourmet meals and beautiful tables for friends and family to gather around and converse. She was a fabulous hostess who enjoyed entertaining her friends. She was a thoughtful and generous person and had a keen sense of style. Norma was thankful for her many friends and the many good times they shared over the years. Norma wanted to thank her friends for letting her be their friend.
When her children left home, Norma had fun selling handbags at JB’s Bags and Baggage in Chinook Mall for 15+ years. In addition, Norma put together some fine oil paintings and truly excelled at quilting. Her creations have been enjoyed by family and friends and they will provide cherished memories of her.
Norma was a member of the Kinette Club of Calgary for several years and was a past president. She was also a member of the Southwood United Church in Calgary for many years.
Norma is survived by her husband, Marc James; her brother, Cliff Tucker (Kelowna) and his wife, Audrey; her sister in-law, Grace (James) Winter (WhiteRock); son, Ian (Susan) and daughter, Karen Dickie (colin) and three grandchildren, Tyson and Madison Haeh and Grace James.
Norma lived life wholeheartedly and she brought comfort to those around her. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
Burial and service will be held at the Queens Park Cemetery at a later NON COVID date. To be followed no doubt with a few toasts and tid bits.
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