Norma Verness Belnap Stanford, 80, passed away May 15, 1996, of congestive heart failure.

Verness was born October 18, 1915 in Hooper, Utah, a daughter of John M. and Zina Taylor Belnap. She married Thelborn James (Bun) Stanford, Nov. 11, 1933 in Brigham City, Utah. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple, March 27, 1940. She was educated in Hooper Elementary School and during her 5th grade she became ill with rheumatic fever which required her confinement to bed for six months. Her brother brought daily assignments from school enabling her to keep her school work on schedule. This illness created some problems and resulted in restrictions for her throughout her life. She graduated from Weber High School and Seminary, and especially enjoyed english, music, commercial art and bookkeeping. She attended community school classes to learn painting and ceramics.Bun and Verness lived in Ogden and Hooper, Utah. In 1936 they moved to California for his employment. While in California they lived in several communities; Maywood, Baldwin Park, La Puente, and West Covina. After Bun's retirement in 1972, they moved to Roy, Utah, and then to their present home in Ogden.

Bun, as a drummer, and Verness, as a vocalist, in the Washington Terrace Merry Makers Band has been a very rewarding and fulfilling hobby for their retirement years.

Verness was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and church worker. She has served in the Primary, Sunday School, Singing Mother's Choirs, and Relief Society. She was Relief Society president twice, expressing her special talent of helping others.

She enjoyed working at a wedding chapel in West Covina for several years. Her artistic talents were demonstrated as she made preparations for many weddings. Their loyal service to the community of West Covina was recognized by having a street named for each of them.

Verness is survived by her husband, of Ogden; a son, John (Peggy) Stanford, of Salt Lake City; two daughters, Roma Anderson, West Covina; Marion (Bill) Felt, Aumsville, Oregon; 16 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are three brothers, Kimball (Ruby) Belnap, Roy, Utah; Max (Ora Jean) Belnap, Ogden, Utah; Parley (Edna) Belnap, American Fork, Utah. She was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers.

Funeral services Saturday, May 18, 1996 at 1 p.m. Lindquist's Ogden Mortuary, 3408 Washington Blvd. Friends may call at the mortuary on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturday 12 noon to 12:45 p.m. Interment, Hooper Cemetery.

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