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Norma Campbell Duff

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Obit DuffNorma passed away peacefully, surrounded by loved ones, Wednesday, July 25, 2012, at her home in Bothell, Wash.

She was born January 23, 1918, during the winter of the Spanish flu outbreak, in a homesteader’s log cabin on the Powder River in eastern Montana, the youngest child of James Bular and TwylaMae (Bickle) Campbell. She started school in Stevensville, Mont., graduated from Drummond High School in the class of 1936 and trained at St. Patrick School of Nursing in Missoula.

She married Robert Duff of Drummond, Mont., in Missoula in 1940,and they made their home in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle in 1945, moving to Kenmore in 1952.

A voracious reader, she instilled a love of reading in her children at an early age and shared with them her deep appreciation of the natural world. Always thinking first of others, she asked little for herself. Her kindness and generosity are her greatest legacies.

After raising her five children, she went back to college to refresh her nursing skills and worked at a clinic in Bellevue where she cultivated longtime friendships. Upon retirement, she volunteered at the Northshore Senior Center and her local food bank.

Norma was preceded in death by her husband, Robert; son, Ronald; her parents; sisters, Florence Turnbull, Lynn (Hap) Willsey; and brother, Gordon Campbell.

She is survived by her daughters, Denise (Tom) Sawyer of Edgewood, Wash., Kerrin Duff of Woodinville: Kathy Culley of Woodinville; son, Gerald(Mary Ann) Duff of Vancouver, Wash.; seven grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

The family is extremely grateful for and thanks Tranquility Home Care in Bothell for the loving care she received in her final year. Remembrances may bemade to Hopelink, 10675 Willows Rd. NE, Redmond, WA 98052.

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