Norma Adeline Smith was born June 8, 1927 to Anton Hanson and Olive (Crogen) Hanson.
Norma was baptized and confirmed in Trondheim Lutheran of rural Rosholt, South Dakota. She grew up on the family farm near Lake Traverse and attended the “one room Roberts County School” through 8th grade. Then her family rented a light-housekeeping room in Rosholt so Norma could go to high school; where she graduated in 1944.
Norma chose to study bookkeeping, accounting, and business after high school. She went to the “College of Commerce” in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She did this type of work for several employers in Minneapolis, MN; Boulder, Colorado; Alexandria, MN and Grand Forks, ND. In 1956 she married Delwyn Loomer and their son Dale was born in 1958. In 1959 they moved to Silver Bay, MN and in 1966 moved to Two Harbors where Norma has lived ever since. Norma and a partner owned the H & R Block Tax franchise in Two Harbors for many years and later Norma was private tax preparer. She retired from the accounting department of Sonju Motors in 1989.
In 1984, Norma married James Smith. They split time between Two Harbors in the summer and fall and the southern USA in the winter and spring. They enjoyed many winters near Magnolia Springs, Alabama. Norma and Jim liked traveling with the Harbor Mates group, or on their own with a pickup camper. Norma and Jim also enjoyed two European vacations; visiting Norway on one trip and Ireland & England on another trip.
Norma was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Harold; brother-in-law, Kermit Keifer; and nephew Vernon Williamson.
She is survived by her sister, Luann Keifer; a son, Dale Loomer (Susan Loomer); grandson, Isaac Loomer (Ben Nicholson); granddaughter, Lacey Loomer; seven nieces, Linda Keifer, Amy Pannoni, Donna Boehmlehner, Lori Ludlum, Darice Baum, JeanneAnn Albert, Joy Ranft and one nephew, Glenn Keifer.
Norma made many friends throughout her life and enjoyed keeping in touch with them through calls, letters and more recently, texting. She liked to keep up with what was happening in her community, in the world and in the lives of her friends and family.
‘Thank you’ to the wonderful staff at the Barross Cottage for taking good care of Norma in her last year of life.
Services will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, February 19, 2022 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Two Harbors.