April 11, 1930 - April 2, 2011
Norma Thersa LaBreche Pence, with her loving family around her, died peacefully April 2, 2011, at Kadlec Medical Center in Richland. She was 80 yrs old.
The daughter of Basil and Mary Havron LaBreche, Norma was born April 11, 1930, in Hartford, Conn. The family moved to Portland, Ore., in 1946. She was married March 31, 1951, to George Jackson Pence at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Portland. After several moves, the family landed in Walla Walla in 1961, where they raised their four children, all of whom attended St. Patrick's School.
Norma was a member of St. Patrick's Alter Society, past president of Catholic Daughters of America, VFW Ladies Auxiliary, and Elks Lodge 287. She and George were foster parents for many years, and she was librarian for the school, religious education teacher and sang in the choir. She had a beautiful soprano voice and was a longtime member of the Blue Mountain Chapter of the Sweet Adelines, where her nickname was Twink! She was a homemaker during her children's early years and later worked several jobs including Mutual of Omaha and the Walla Walla Migrant Daycare Center where she helped start WIC in the early 1970s. She loved music and to sing. She had an amazing relationship with the Lord that she shared with all her family. She was a woman of strength and inner beauty, a strong encourager to be the best you could be. She loved and cherished her family and was always the planner for family gatherings. She was a wonderful cook and always had something freshly baked to share with visitors. To be close to her girls, she moved to Richland in 2004, where she was a member of Christ the King church. She volunteered for Sausage Fest every year in the Granny's Attic.
Norma is rejoicing in heaven to be united with her husband, George, a son, David, a sister, Irene, parents, a great-grandchild, Shelby Paige, and many loved ones who have gone before her. She is survived by her sister, Margaret Regan of Portland; brother, Gerald LaBreche of Seattle; daughters, Cynthia (Edward) Sams, Kathryn (Richard) Inglis, Barbara (Patrick) O'Brien; grandchildren, Benjamin Inglis, Jennifer Reedy, Elizabeth Usselman, Christina O'Brien, Jessica Sams, Patricia O'Brien, Christopher Sams, Megan Sams all of Tri-Cities, David Richard Pence of Auburn, Wash.; 15 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Viewing and visitation will be held on Thursday, April 7, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. and on Friday, April 8, from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. at the Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder St., Walla Walla. The Rosary will be recited at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 8, at the Herring Groseclose Funeral Home. The funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 425 W. Alder St., Walla Walla with Father Patrick Kerst, celebrant. Entombment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery, Garden Mausoleum and a reception at St. Patrick's reception hall. Memorial contributions may be made to Christ the King Church or St. Patrick Catholic Church through the funeral home.