Norma died peacefully at home near Wauna Jan. 5 at the age of 92. She was born May 22, 1929, in Tacoma to Alice and Norman Wilder, who owned and operated the Wilder Berry Farm in Puyallup and Tacoma Beauty Supply. Norma graduated from Puyallup High School and later attended the University of Washington in Seattle, studying art and fashion. She married her high school sweetheart, William R. “Bill” Meyer. Together they raised their children on Wollochet Bay in Gig Harbor, where they commuted to Tacoma for work at Harold Meyer Drug and Mini Auto.
While their children were growing up, the couple built a cabin on the Hoh River in the Olympic Wilderness, enjoying a deep Northwest experience. In 1987 Norma and Bill purchased a house in San Carlos, Mexico, and turned the shell of a home into a showpiece. Norma filled it with stained glass windows, handmade tile, paintings and other artwork, much of which she created. During those years, Norma and Bill also traveled to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, many times to enjoy the culture, food, and their great love of dancing.
Norma continued to create unique and beautiful homes throughout her life for the love and enjoyment of her family. Her interests included stained glass art, garden and pond design, tending roses, and good food and friends, along the way developing a fashion style all her own. Norma attained mastery in oil paint, which was a lifetime study and passion of hers.
She was preceded in death by husband, Bill, and grandson, Justin. She is survived by daughters Robin of Friday Harbor, Shelley Sass of Gig Harbor, Tweed of Wauna, and Shawn McAllister of Quinault; her adopted son, Steve; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. A private family celebration is planned.
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