100 years for Norma Young

Friday, December 26, 2014 was the 100th birthday for Norma Perkins Young.  
A family party and open house was held for Norma on her birthday in West Jordan.
Norma would love a phone call or a card with a memory written inside for those who weren’t able to make the party or open house.  
Call her at 801-280-0825 or send letters to 3842 Bingham Creek Drive, West Jordan, UT 84088
No gifts please.  Just cards and good wishes.
1914: Norma Perkins was born in Salt Lake City on December 26.  A few weeks later, her  mother, Cornelia Adams Perkins, and the child rode to Thompson Springs on the train where her father, Daniel B. Perkins met them in a covered wagon equipped with a stove and their needs for the two-day trip to Monticello.  
Norma grew up in Monticello feeling that she was the most fortunate girl in the world.  She loved her life on the farm and in the small close-knit community.
1932: Norma graduated from Monticello High School and attended Brigham Young University, where she graduated in 1936 and taught school in Richfield until her handsome cowboy, Clyn Porter Young, returned from his mission in Hawaii.
1938: On December 23, Norma and Clyn were married in the Salt Lake Temple and several days later they departed for the Hawaiian Islands, where they lived for two and one half years.  
When they returned to San Juan County, they had a young son, Malcolm and LeiMomi was a twinkle in her mother’s eyes.  
1941: They settled in Monticello with her parents for a time.  They also lived in Blanding and at the LC Ranch, where Jerri came to join the family in 1944.  
They fixed up an old farmhouse brought in from the ranch and moved into what would be their home until 1970.  
Four more siblings arrived, every two years, including Clyn L, Lowell, Glade, and Merril.  
Six years later, the baby sister Elaine arrived.  Dad dubbed her Nani, Hawaiian for ‘beautiful’.
1970: This is the year that Clyn died in an accident, so the children encouraged their mom to move to Provo because most of them lived in the area.  
In Provo, she took care of Grandma Perkins until she passed away in 1982.  Over several years she worked in the Provo Temple, traveled to Israel, served a full-time mission in Georgia, wrote two books and several poems and short stories.  
1990s: Norma sold her condo and moved to West Jordan.  She lived in an apartment for a couple of years and drove to the temple two days a week and served as an ordinance worker.  
After macular degeneration set in and she could no longer drive, she lived in Noni’s apartment.  About 10 years later, she moved into the Sampson’s apartment, where she still resides.
2000: For the last 14 years, Norma has kept busy working at the temple, taking trips with family members.  She spent time visiting with her children at their homes.  
She wrote poems and stories and told stories to the residents of the care center nearby.  She took long walks everyday with her walking sticks to keep her steady and enjoyed listening to wonderful books on her digital cassette player.
Through all the years her testimony of the Savior has never waivered and she is looking forward with great anticipation when she can be reunited with her eternal companion.  
Her fondest hopes are centered in her eternal family and admonishes us often to live so that hope will be fulfilled.

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Monticello, UT 84535

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