Norma Jean Bakeman
March 24, 1935 ~ August 27, 2013
Norma Jean Bakeman passed away at The Hospice House of North Idaho on August 27, 2013, at the age of 78, ending her three year battle with pancreatic cancer. Norma was a strong person, ready to take on any challenge that life presented. She faced many in her life. Norma was born in Paul’s Valley, OK on March 24, 1935, at the height of the Great Depression. She grew up in Calico Rock, AR. She and her family, like so many others, migrated to the west coast, seeking opportunities that didn’t exist back home. For many years, she made her home in the Wenatchee Valley. She put herself through beauty school and became owner/operator of ‘Norma’s Hair Fashions’ in 1976. In 1979, she and her then husband, Charles Bakeman, moved to Leavenworth. They built and operated the Bayern Village Motor Inn for the next several years. As a business owner there, she served for a time on the Leavenworth City Council. Norma loved golf. She took up the game later in life and proved to be a natural with a low handicap. She joined the Wenatchee Country Club and, over the years, played in several regional tournaments. She followed and enjoyed all the major golf tournaments right up until the very end of her life. When she retired in 1993, she studied to become a CNA and served at Wenatchee Valley Hospital for five years. In 1999, she made the decision to leave the Wenatchee Valley and move to Idaho. She built a beautiful home in the Blanchard area, where she has lived until she went home to be with the Lord. She professed a strong faith in Christ and took great comfort in the promise of the Scriptures.
Norma was preceded in death by her father and mother; her dear sister, Brenda; and her oldest and most beloved son, Johnnie Michael Boatman. Norma is lovingly remembered by her sisters, Rudine Jones of Wenatchee, Billie Shriver of Sea-Tac, WA and Catherine Caddy of Cave Creek AZ. She will be deeply missed by her three sons, Richard, David and Larry. Norma has five grandchildren who she loved dearly and bragged on constantly: Crystal, Rhiannon, James, Jacob and Allie. She also has five beautiful great-grandchildren.
Her Memorial Service will be a graveside gathering for family and friends of Norma at Leavenworth’s Mountain View Cemetery on Tuesday, September 10, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to North Idaho Hospice House, at www.honi.org (208)772-7994. For those that can’t attend, condolences for the family may be offered online at Normasfamily3@gmail.com.