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Norma Jean Hendrie

January 4, 1930 - July 4, 2016

Gaining her independence from Alzheimer's, Norma Jean Hendrie departed this life July 4, 2016 amid fireworks displays and on the evening breeze.
Born January 4, 1930 to George and Dorothy Larsen she was raised in Portland Oregon by her extended multi generational family. She attended Fernwood Grammar School and was a Grant High General.  Norma attended OSU as a Home Ec major and member of Kappa Kappa Gamma.  In Corvallis she met and in 1950 married Richard L Hendrie.
Norma was a homemaker active in the Salem community while raising four children and being a care taker to many.  She shared her time and commitment with school and church activities, the Salem Assistance League and many charitable organizations.  
Elated for her promised reward and grieving their significant loss, Norma is survived by her husband of 65 years, her four children, Becky Alan Gahlsdorf, Dick Gayle Hendrie, Sally Jo Jim Edmonds, and Tom Elizabeth Hendrie; grandchildren Chris Katy, Eric Natalie Gahlsdorf , Andrew and Lauren Hendrie, Sarah, Erin and and Emma Edmonds, Anna KenErnst; her dear cousins, Kristina Larsen and Karen Bruce Brittsan; her sister in law Joanne Panian; her 2.5 great grandchildren and a large loving extended family.
Special thanks for excellent care to the fabulous staff at Rosewood Court and for all the extraordinary services from Serenity Hospice.
Memorial services 2 pm, Monday, July 11, 2016 at First Presbyterian Church, 770 Chemeketa St NE, Salem, OR  97301.  Donations in lieu of flowers can be directed to ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION, PO Box 96011
Washington, DC  20090-6011.

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I remember the first time I met Mrs. Hendrie was at the Safeway store in Lincoln City.  Mrs. Hendrie was shopping for the week at the Beach, she was so excited that everyone was going to be there and of course we would have to visit also.  I tried to explain that we had other obligations and She would not take no for and answer.  That's when I knew she was a force to be acknowledged and revered.  I will miss your smile and your laugh Mrs. Hendrie.
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Dear Hendrie Family:

What a beautiful obituary and honor to your wife/mother/grandmother.  I am so sorry for your family's loss as I know she was a significant person in your wonderful family.  My best to all of you and wish for happiness for you all.