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Norma M. Andersen of Lewiston, NY, passed away on Friday, January 12, 2018, at home with her family in San Antonio, TX, at the age of 88. Norma was born to Thomas E. and Helen (Maloney) Palmer on December 13, 1929 in Madawaska, ME, and moved to Niagara Falls at the age of two.
She grew up and graduated from Niagara Falls High School and worked in the hotel sales industry, both in the Niagara Falls, NY and Canada.
Norma was an active member of the Niagara community. She was Chapter Chairman of the Niagara Falls Red Cross, organized Niagara's Young Women's Republican Club, the first female member of the Rotary Club of Western New York, and the co-chairman of Operation Petticoat Progress. She was also a member of the New York Chamber of Commerce and contributed to the development and launch of the famous 'I Love NY' advertising slogan. Her proudest accomplishment and happiest moments in life were the years she spent working alongside her husband, Carl, in the family business, Andersen Electric.
Norma was the wife of the late Carl Andersen, who passed away in September 2013. She is survived by her two daughters, Linda (Andersen) McClure, San Antonio, TX, Deborah (Andersen) Pauline, Goodyear, AZ; grandchildren, Cheryl (Rusty) Carr, Bandera, TX, Heather Mercer, Garland, TX, Carl Spivey (Keri), San Antonio, TX, Haley (Jake) Lohr, Leavenworth, KS, William Oddy, Thomas Oddy, Karen Oddy, Elizabeth Broomfield, Kindra Lloyd; and great-grandchildren, Cailey and Colton Spivey, Kenza Carr, John Michael and Hannah Grace Lohr, Hawal Mercer. Norma was predeceased by granddaughters, Hilleary Mercer and Hannah Mercer. Norma was the sister of the late Patricia Maloney; and sister-in-law to James (Ann) Andersen Naples, FL. She is survived by several nieces, nephews and many life-long friends.
Norma taught us honesty, kindness and independence. She encouraged us to take risks and inspired us to give back to our communities. No one can ever take her place. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend to many.
Interment will be at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, TX.
Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorials may be made in her name to Assistance League of San Antonio, 2611 West Ave., San Antonio, TX 78201, Global Hope, 2525 Collins Boulevard, Garland, TX 75044 or to the charity of one's choice.
Published on January 27, 2018
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