Norma Stanley Warren (McCullough) was born on February 7th, 1931 at the Norfolk, Virginia Naval Base to Charity Melinda McCullough (Chalifour) and Arthur Verne McCullough, a Naval Officer. She was the oldest of four children.
The McCullough’s moved to Seattle where Norma spent her childhood and eventually settled on Marrowstone Island where she attended Chapaqua High School. At the age of 16 Norma met 20 year old U.S. Marine Ted Warren in Nordland, Washington and at the age of 17 she married him in that same town on November 14, 1948.
The Military moved Ted and Norma to California where in 1949 they welcomed their first son, Ted Jr. They then moved to Washington briefly and finally to Portland, Oregon.
While they lived in Portland, Ted worked as a Brick Mason and their family grew to include Patrick, Julia, James, and Debbie.
In 1957 it was decided they would move the family to Newport, and that’s where they settled and welcomed six more children to the family, Alan, Jeanne, Mike, Celine, Erin, and Collin.
While Ted built his business as a Brick Mason in Newport, Norma worked hard to help Ted raise their family. She was a clever, intelligent mother who kept her family healthy with her wonderful cooking and cozy homemaking on a limited budget.
She was a seamstress who sewed clothing for herself and her children. She crocheted dozens of booties and baby blankets. She was a musician who played the ukulele, guitar and classical guitar. She was an artist, she was a calligrapher. She painted in oils and water color. She was a belly dancer for which she created her own costumes. She had a green thumb and grew beautiful flowers. She was a photographer, she was an avid reader, a thinker and a poet.
In the 1970’s, she started the choir group at Sacred Heart Church and sang and played for the Folk Mass. She was interested in health foods and exercise, (walking miles every day) before it was a craze. She enjoyed creating costumes and acting with the Porthole Players in Newport. She took College Courses, had a Ham Radio license, and was active in volunteering for the elderly of the community. She loved politics, loved to laugh and laughed often! She was a devoted Catholic, and a devoted believer in Christ.
Norma loved her large and bountiful family with all her heart. She spent much time and wore out several prayer books praying for them.
Our dear Mama, we will miss you so much!
Norma went home to be with the Lord on July 29th, 2017, surrounded by her family. She was preceded in death by her husband Ted R. Warren Sr., her youngest son, Collin G. Warren, and her brother Arthur McCullough, Jr. Surviving relatives are her children, Ted R. Warren, Jr. (Pam), Patrick C. Warren, (Karen), Julia C. Jenkins, (Tom), James F. Warren, (Diane), Debbie L. Felton, (Blayne), Alan C. Warren, (Renee), Jeanne M. Warren, Michael B. Warren, (Tonia), Celine T. Fanno, (Marvin), Erin M. Speer, (Christian), and also 18 grandchildren, and 20 great grandchildren, as well as her sister, Patricia Stanton, and her brother, Patrick McCullough.
A funeral Mass will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Newport, Oregon on August 11th, at 1pm, with a private burial to follow at Eureka Cemetery in Newport.
A family gathering to celebrate her life will be held at a future date.