Norma Zug

1926 - 2014


Norma Zug

May 9, 1926 — May 22, 2014

Norma Kelly Zug, born to Hetty and Percy Kelly, in Manchester, England on May 9, 1926, was an exceptionally lovely lady who met and married Charles W. Zug, in Manchester, where he was stationed in the Air Force during World War II. Norma ventured to America with Charles after the war, and they began their family in Lancaster, Penn. In the 1960’s the family moved West, settling in Spokane, and later in Walla Walla.

To describe Norma, one may think of the adjectives beautiful, intelligent, kind, articulate, witty, generous, giving, caring, gentle, yet strong and courageous. Whatever challenges confronted her throughout her life, and some were enormous, she met them head on with a positive energy that was nothing short of amazing! Even in later years, as her memory started to fade, she always retained her incomparable sense of fun and was forever a true joy to be around. There will be a huge empty void left by the absence of Norma Zug, as it is tremendously difficult to let go of such a treasured person.

Norma was preceded in death by her husband, Charles W. Zug, in 1982, and her youngest son, Brian P. Zug, in 2006. She is survived by her daughters, Judith Steele and son-in-law Tom Steele of Oklahoma City, and Cynthia Witherspoon and son-in-law Grant Witherspoon of Walla Walla; and her son, Lee Charles Zug, of San Francisco. She was a surrogate mother to her beloved youngest grandson, Charles U. Zug, previously from Walla Walla and presently a student in Annapolis, Md. Norma has six additional grandchildren who meant the world to her, Dana Weitz of Spokane, Kim Witherspoon of Wenatchee, Nellie Green and Natalie Bennett of Oklahoma City, Paul Witherspoon of Vashon, and Caroline Witherspoon of Honolulu. She has seven great-grandchildren and 27 nieces and nephews and their offspring, most of whom she knew well and loved dearly. Family was always paramount in Norma’s life.

There will be a celebration of her life at the ranch in Spokane this summer in mid-August for family and friends, whose love for Norma Zug is exemplified by the kind of person she was and the way she lived her life, in giving and loving towards others.

May her sweet soul rest in peace.


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