Norma Waters

Norma Marie Waters (Pelletier)

Wednesday, March 16th, 1932 - Wednesday, April 1st, 2020
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On April 1, 2020, a sunny Spring morning filled with birds singing and flowers blooming, our dear mother, Grammy, sister, aunt, and friend, Norma Marie Waters, left this world surrounded by those who loved her. She was a gracious, joyful, beautiful light and she left an indelible mark on anyone lucky enough to have known her.
The oldest of eight children, she was born on March 16, 1932, in Edmundston, Canada to the late Henry and Isabelle Pelletier. She grew up in Madawaska and later Caribou, Maine and she fondly shared childhood stories of her large French-Canadian family. After graduating from high school in 1950, at a time when most women stayed at home, she moved to Hartford Connecticut and worked at Pratt-Whitney. In 1954, she proudly joined the US Navy as a WAVE and moved to Arlington, Virginia. It is there that she met her late husband, Thomas Joseph Waters, an airman in the US Air Force and they married on January 31, 1956. Although she had to resign her commission in the Navy, Norma worked for 33 years as a Civil Servant for the Air Force ultimately receiving the national award of Top Headquarters Civilian in 1987. The Air Force and later retirement took Tom, Norma and their girls to Wiesbaden, Arlington, Madrid, Caribou and ultimately to Roanoke, Virginia.
Norma’s greatest loves were her family and her church. She gave wholeheartedly and selflessly to her four daughters, their spouses, and her six grandchildren. She cherished her siblings and their families and loved family reunions and visits. She was a member of St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Roanoke for 40 years, serving as a lay minister and as a member of the Catholic Daughters, the Catholic Historical Society, and the St. Andrew’s Cemetery Committee. Always willing to help others in need, she was a volunteer for Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital for 25 years.
In addition to her parents and husband, Norma is predeceased by her brother June. Left to cherish her life are her daughters, Pat Young and ex-husband David, Barbie Waters-Pick, Mary Caldwell and husband, Brent, and Kathy Shelton and husband Jeffrey; her grandchildren, Robert Pick, Adam Caldwell, Matthew and Meredith Young, and Emily and Jordan Shelton; her siblings, Gil (Marilyn), Doris, Roger, Cecile (Bob), Lou Ann, and Jerry (Kathy); and numerous nieces and nephews. Special love and thanks to her caregiver and surrogate daughter, Nancy Flowers; her son from another mother, Lewis Clark; caregivers Mary Margaret Via and Michelle Ouellette, and Jamie Boardwine and the staff at Good Samaritan Hospice. We will forever miss our beautiful Flower. TUFF.
Please consider a donation to St. Andrew’s Catholic Church Capital Campaign, 631 N. Jefferson St., Roanoke, VA, 24016; United Way of Roanoke Valley, 325 Campbell Ave. SW, Roanoke, VA, 24016; or to Good Samaritan Hospice,
The interment will be held privately with the family at St. Andrew’s Diocesan Cemetery in Roanoke, VA. A memorial mass to celebrate her life will be held at a later date.
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    Saint Andrews Diocesan Cemetery
    3601 Salem Trnpk
    Roanoke, VA 24017
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Diane Beaulieu

Posted at 07:28am
To Waters and Pelletier family;
Our sincere sympathies. Though I was young when we visited my cousins’ home, I remember Doris as a beautiful, gentle person. You are all in our thoughts and prayers in these hard times.
Your cousin,
Norman & Diane (Pelletier)Beaulieu

Connie Scarrow

Posted at 12:47pm
Upon opening the newspaper and seeing the name of Norma Waters something drew me to read her story as I sensed some connection. As I read about Madawaska and Caribou Maine, I knew that I had met this beautiful woman during my husband's assignment to Loring AFB, ME. It took me but a short time to know that we had met at the Base Chapel many years back. How I wish I had known that she was living in Roanoke as we could have reminisced about the good ol days in Maine. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Having lost my Mother back in December, I can sympathize with you in your loss. May you have many wonderful memories of happy times to brighten your days. Connie Scarrow

Janice Gray-Scarce

Posted at 09:49am
Norma was truly a beautiful lady, inside and out. I worked with Norma at Social Security in Roanoke 40+ years ago. We both moved on to other jobs, but exchanged Christmas cards over the years, always telling each other we needed to get together for lunch and catch up, but regrettably, never got around to it. I have always remembered Norma with great fondness. She loved her daughters dearly and spoke of them all the time. My deepest condolences to her family and may God comfort you
Janice Gray-Scarce

Chuck Jackson

Posted at 08:09pm
My deepest condolences are sent to Norma’s family. She worked for me at the recruiting squadron in Salem back in the 80s. Upon my departure in 87 we had a conference in Georgia whereby she was selected as the top administrator in the entire Air Force Recruiting group, that night she received her award they
played Kenny Rogers song LADY when she came up to get the award and that was the perfect song for Norma, what a lovely sweet lady whom I will never forget God Bless and Tom in heaven. Captain Chuck Jackson

Thomas Gates

Posted at 07:29pm
I first met Norma at the 3534th USAF Recruiting Squadron when I was assigned there in June 1986 and she was the commander's executive assistant. A sweet, beautiful soul, she was always so kind and friendly. Every year, during our annual sales training meeting attended by dozens of AF recruiters, support personnel, and their families, Tom & Norma always made sure there was a bottle of wine on each table. When the squadron closed in 1992, a special tribute was organized for the Waters to acknowledge their unwavering support for the military. I'm a better person for having known Norma....may she rest in eternal peace. My condolences also to her family. May the wonderful memories you have of Norma help to ease your grief.

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