Norma Thompson left this life for her heavenly home on October 21, 2023.
Norma Alice Strom was born April 26, 1930 to Norman and Florence (Dearchs) Strom. She grew up in the wilds of the Sheep Mountain Ranch, which was homesteaded by her grandfather in 1906. The ranch became one of the largest sheep ranches in Albany County and was a big part of Norma’s life. She went to the Strom school with her siblings, Richard, Ruth, Roy and Wilma, (sister Marilyn came later) and graduated from Laramie High School in 1949. Norma spent many days herding sheep and riding her beloved horse, Cheyenne.
During a Halloween party at Woods Landing, she accepted a dance with Robert H. Thompson (Bob), whose family had recently moved to a ranch in the Big Laramie Valley. They were married less than a year later in 1951. They worked and lived on various ranches in the area, finally settling on her father’s ranch to raise sheep, hay, chickens, a milk cow and four children, Darrell, Wayne, Clay and Cathy. When the ranch sold in 1972, they moved back to the property that Bob had kept from his family’s ranch in the Laramie Valley. Here Bob and Norma built up the ranch where they would spend the rest of their lives.
Norma loved to bake. Her breads and cakes were renowned in the Harmony community. For many years she entered her baked goods at the County and State Fairs, where she won many a ribbon and platter. As a 4-H leader she passed on her baking and cake decorating talents to young 4-H members. She loved to chaperone at the State Fair and did so for many years. She worked for several years at the UW Washakie Bakery and made biscuits and prepared pancake batter for community events. She ran the Big Laramie Country Fair and sold her baked goods from her booth-oven which was a fairy-tale delight to visitors.
Norma was a long-time member of the Harmony Home and Community Club, Harmony Sunday School and Farm Bureau. Norma traveled the country as Bob’s copilot during his long tenure as a director with Carbon Power & Light and on the Wyoming State Rural Fire Board. She loved to sing old church hymns, sounding out her unwavering faith in God. Most of all, she loved to dance the jitterbug and polkas with her life partner, Bob.
Norma is preceded in death by her mother and father, siblings Richard, Ruth, Roy and Wilma, and her husband Bob. She is survived by Marilyn (Dave) Withrow, children Darrell (Marianne), Wayne, Clay (Jennifer), and Cathy Reyes; two grandsons Kyle Endsley and Colter Thompson plus many nieces, nephews and their children and grandchildren.
Memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 28, 2023 at Montgomery-Stryker Funeral Home. Reception to follow.