After a long life devoted to service and love for others, Norah Thompson De La Mare, age 90, died peacefully in a Salt Lake hospital December 7, 1990.
Born October 16, 1900, in Hull, Yorkshire, England, to Walter and Amelia Scholey Rudkin Thompson. Emigrated to Salt Lake City in 1930 with her older sister, Emmie, who preceded her in death in 1954.On June 20, 1958, she was sealed in the Salt Lake Temple for time and eternity to Robert G. De La Mare, who died March 31, 1976. A long-time family friend, she was warmly welcomed by his six adult children and their spouses, and for 32 years was a beloved "Grandma Norah" to their children and grandchildren.
Survived by daughters Gwen McLane, and Mary Pederson and husband Stevens W.; daughter-in-law Jeanne, all of Salt Lake; sons Robert T., Sacramento, California; Donlon P. and his wife, Ardith, and Wendell F. and his wife, Arline, all of Salt Lake; 32 grandchildren; 92 great-grandchildren, and six great-great-grandchildren. Son John C. died October 31, 1989, and son-in-law Robert E. McLane died May 4, 1990.
She came to the United States with an associate degree in elocution but, lacking funds to pursue further education in her chosen field, she took a job at ZCMI as a fitter, eventually becoming manager of the alteration department, where she remained until retiring in 1965.
A staunch member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from early childhood, she served faithfully and creatively in numerous capacities in the church, including teacher, chorister, librarian, Jr. Sunday School coordinator (she loved children, and they always adored her), teacher development instructor, and ward and stake Relief Society presidencies. She also served a full-time mission in England with her husband.
Funeral services 12:00 noon Wednesday, December 12, 14th Ward, 142 West 200 North, Salt Lake. Friends and relatives are invited to call at Deseret Mortuary, 36 East 700 South, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Tuesday and at the ward Wednesday one hour prior to services. Interment, Salt Lake Cemetery, 4th Ave. and N. Street.
In lieu of flowers, family suggests contributions be made in her name to the Primary Children's Medical Center, 100 N. Medical Dr., SLC 84112, or charity of choice.
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