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After a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease, Norma Cormier, wife of Col. John Cormier (U.S. Air Force, Ret.), died Nov. 2, 2015, at Patriots Colony. She was 81.
Norma was born in Vernon, Texas and met John in Fort Worth, Texas while they were in high school. They were married in 1949 and became an Air Force family in 1951. Their marriage was blessed with a daughter, Cathy Epling, now of Lanexa and a son, Steve Cormier, of Lake Ridge. Over the years, the family has grown and now includes five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
Throughout her life, Norma was a loving mother, wonderful wife, an accomplished homemaker and a dear friend to many. While an Air Force wife, Norma often volunteered at base hospitals, served as the editor of Officer Wife’s Club newspapers and was a member of the Arlington Ladies who assisted families while their loved ones were being buried at the National Cemetery.
During John’s retirement in 1982, Norma received a well-deserved Certificate of Appreciation, signed by the Air Force chief of staff and the deputy assistant secretary of defense, for her “unselfish, faithful and devoted service” as an Air Force wife.
After Cathy and Steve left home to build a life of their own, Norma developed her natural artistic talents and entrepreneurial skills by opening a highly successful decorative arts studio, The Apple Tree, first in Las Vegas and then in Northern Virginia. She sold her business in 1985 and continued as an independent contractor to teach art, decorate furniture by appointment and consult on home redecorating.
Norma’s death was preceded by her mother, Faye Holiday; sister, Sue Slatten; and stepfather, Lt. Col. Ben Holiday (U.S. Air Force, Ret.)
She is survived by her husband, children, grandchildren and great- grandchildren as well as her half-sister, Bennie Bledsoe, of Midland Texas.
By request, funeral arrangements will be private.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing to express sympathy are encouraged to contribute to local hospice providers or the Alzheimer’s Foundation.
Please leave online condolences for the family at Nelsen Funeral Home.
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