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Norma Taylor Brown

January 19, 1923 - September 16, 2016

Norma Taylor Brown passed away of natural causes at the age of 93 at the home of her daughter, Mari Wolthuis.


Norma was born January 19, 1923 in Ogden, Utah to Loran Josiah Taylor and Mary Bell Taylor.  She was a lifelong resident of Ogden attending Pingree Elementary, Lewis Jr. High and graduating from Ogden High School Class of 1941.


During World War II Norma worked for the OURD Railroad and had the honor of being “War Bond Queen“ for the railroad (encouraging railroad workers to buy war bonds.)


Norma modeled clothes for Utah Tailoring Mills, Intermountain Knitting Mills and in her later years for ZCMI.


Soon after graduating she worked as a seamstress for Interstate Tailoring Mills, Intermountain Knitting Mills and Utah Tailoring Mills, and later at Coleman Knitting Mills where she advanced her sewing skills. She made all of her own clothes and her children’s clothing for many years and beautified her home with custom made draperies, pillows and countless other items.


Norma married William Moroni Brown (Bill) on July 5, 1945 in the Logan LDS Temple, and together they raised a family of five children.  Bill passed away in May of 2000.


Norma encouraged her children to develop their talents and she was a great example of service and righteousness.  She always had a cheerful positive attitude and passed this along to her children. She served throughout her life as a visiting teacher and was mindful of those in her neighborhood and served those who had special needs, especially the elderly.  She enjoyed knitting and crocheting and made porcelain dolls for each of her granddaughters.  Norma was very resourceful and enjoyed the challenge of making “something out of nothing.”  Gardening was something she really enjoyed and she always had a beautiful yard. She grew her own fruits and vegetables, preserving them for the winter.


Norma and Bill enjoyed traveling, going on many bus trips and cruises. Her favorite trip was traveling to Europe.


Norma was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serving faithfully throughout her life in various callings, her favorite being Homemaking Leader. She was a member of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers.


In her later years, she took tap dancing, clogging and line dancing lessons, entertaining in nursing homes with her tap group, “The Golden Tappers”.  She was a volunteer at the McKay Dee Hospital, Ogden Temple and Deseret Industries for many years.


Norma was honored as Ogden City’s “Mother of the Year” in 2002.


Norma and her girlfriends started a club when they were 12 years old to make items for their trousseaus. The club continued for over 75 years.  She participated in an exercise class that met five mornings a week for 24 years.


Several years after Bill’s passing, Norma enjoyed the companionship of Elliot Koldewyn for seven years, attending concerts and community events.


Norma is survived by her children, Dick (Lonna) Brown, Mari (Gerrit) Wolthuis, Mark (Sheryl) Brown, Becky (Randy) Wiser; sister, Trudy Daich; brother, Robert Taylor; 20 grandchildren and 40 great-grandchildren.


She was preceded in death by her son, William Kelly Brown (Peggy Brown Dance).


It has been a privilege for her family to care for her the past three years in each of their homes. The family would like to thank Rocky Mountain Hospice employees for their expert help and tender care.


A Viewing will be held Friday, September 23, 2016 from 6:30 to 8:00 PM at Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836 36th Street, Ogden, Utah.


Funeral Services will be held September 24, 2016 at 11:00 AM at the Ben Lomond 5th Ward Chapel, 3352 North 1050 East,  North Ogden, Utah.  Family will greet friends prior to service from 9:30 to 10:30 AM.


Interment at Washington Heights Memorial Park, 4500 Washington Blvd., Ogden, Utah.


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Service Schedule

Visitation Information

Date: Friday, September 23, 2016

Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Leavitt's Mortuary


836 36th Street , , Ogden, UT, 84403

Family will greet friends prior to service from 9:30 to 10:30 AM at the church, 3352 North 1050 East, North Ogden, Utah


Service Information

Date: Saturday, September 24, 2016

3352 North 1050 East, North Ogden, Utah



Cemetery Information

Date: Saturday, September 24, 2016

Washington Heights Memorial Park


4500 Washington Blvd , , Ogden, UT,

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Born: January 19, 1923
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