Norma Marilyn Russell, 94, died at Settlers Park in Baker City, Oregon on May 10, 2017. A public service will not be held; the family will have a private celebration of Norma's life at the coast in the near future.\n\nNorma was born on February 2, 1923 in Lynchburg, West Virginia. At the age of five she found herself an orphan and was passed around between Aunts, Uncles, and various foster homes. She finally found a wonderful lady of German descent who welcomed Norma into her family and raised her seeing her through graduation from high school.\n\nAfter graduating, Norma and a few close girlfriends rented their own apartment in Washington, D.C. While in Washington D.C., Norma began working for a famous photographer, Harns and Ewing; she also participated as a stenographer during World War II for the antiaircraft artillery command in Washington D.C., and the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration.\n\nNorma met the love of her entire life, Bob Russell, while attending a USO dance. She always said "I met the man I could marry tonight, but he will never ask me". After losing her phone number for two weeks, Bob found it and called Norma which resulted in a marriage of 72 years. Norma and Bob relocated so Bob could attend Oregon State College while Norma worked and until Bob completed his college education.\n\nWhile Bob was working for the U.S. Fish and wildlife they were relocated frequently, but Norma never failed to make a "home" for her family no matter where they were. She always provided opportunities for music and dance lessons for her children encouraging them to do their best and pursue their interests.\n\nRetiring in Sequim, Washington, Norma enjoyed 35 years of golfing, camping, and fishing with her husband. She also enjoyed years of clamming and crabbing which was a favorite past-time for her entire family.\n\nNorma and Bob moved to Baker City in 2002 so she could be closer to her family. Norma always made sure to encourage her family in any endeavors to pursue their education, save and spend wisely, and to always have fun, she made our lives better by doing so and she was always very generous with her support and praise.\n\nNorma is survived by her brother Bruce Aaron, 96, of Everett, Pennsylvania; two daughters, Susan Huddleston and her husband Wade of Baker City, Oregon, Terry Underhill and her husband Dave of Bend, Oregon; grandsons Tad Duby and his wife Denise of Boise, Idaho, Ty Duby and his wife Dottie of Baker City, Oregon, Matthew Walkley and his wife Valerie of Bend, Oregon. She also leaves behind her great-grandson Colton Duby of Boise, Idaho; Kyle Logsten and Gabe Logsten of Baker City, Oregon.great granddaughters' Taryn Duby of Boise, Idaho, Brooke Duby of Baker City, Oregon and Shenae Burglund and her husband Logan of Baker City, Oregon; great-great-grandaughters Emmie Dickison and Aveni Burglund of Baker City, Oregon.\n\nShe is preceded in death by her husband Robert Russell, her son Paul Russell and four brothers.\n\nShould friends and family desire, memorial contributions may be made to YMCA through Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel at 1500 Dewey Ave. Baker City, Oregon 97814.