Norma A. (Freeman) Johnson, 87, of Cheyenne passed away at home of natural causes on May 12, 2020.
Norma was born September 19, 1932, in Lima, Montana, to David Reese Freeman and Ora Marshall Perkins Freeman. Norma graduated with Honors in academics and basketball from Lima High in 1950. Norma then moved to Rexburg, Idaho to attend Ricks College of Nursing, graduating with Honors in 1953. Her Nursing career spanned 38 years; working in Pediatrics at DePaul Hospital in Cheyenne, Wyoming, Labor & Delivery and NICU at Memorial Hospital (now CRMC), retiring from Internal Medicine Group in 1991. She loved working in the medical field and countless lives were touched because of her kindness and compassion.
Norma met the love of her life, Rees A. Johnson, while attending nursing school. They eloped to Elko, Nevada and were married on July 5, 1953. They were later sealed in The Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints Salt Lake City Temple. They shared 65 years together before Rees’s passing in December 2018. Norma was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Monterrey Heights Ward, Cheyenne, WY Stake. Norma held countless leadership positions in the church; she loved serving and she loved the gospel. Rees and Norma served as ordinance workers in the LDS Denver, Colorado Temple. They also served an 18-month mission to Nauvoo, Illinois where they wore pioneer period clothing and were tour guides for the Church history sights. That experienced touched their hearts deeply and they both talked of Nauvoo every day following their mission.
Norma is survived by her five children; Jef (Vickie) Johnson of Draper, Utah, Rex (Marita) Johnson of Puyallup, Washington, Roy Johnson of Ft. Collins, Colorado, Kirk (Stacey) Johnson of Spanish Fork, Utah and Norma Ann “Nibs” (Mike) Butterfield of Cheyenne, Wyoming; 16 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Norma was preceded in death by her husband Rees, her parents, one brother and two sisters.
Due to the current Covid-19 Virus pandemic the family will have a private graveside service to lay Norma to rest at Mountain View Memorial Park Cemetery.
When traveling and gathering restrictions are lifted a memorial service will be announced at a later date.
The family would like to thank the Davis Hospice Center out-patient Nurses and CNA’s who helped care for Norma at home during her final days here on earth. They are truly hand-picked angels whose knowledge and compassion we could not have done without. God bless you.