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Norma Ruth Waggoner Christianson Brady
April 12, 1936 – October 26, 2017
Norma Brady, 81, died Thursday, October 26, 2017, at the Anamosa Care Center following a brief illness.
A Celebration of Life service was at 10:30 a.m., Monday, October 30, 2017, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Anamosa, with interment in the Riverside Cemetery. Pastor Rodney Bluml officiated at the services. Friends called from 3 – 6 p.m., Sunday at the Goettsch Funeral Home, Anamosa.
Surviving is her son Jim (Amy) Christianson; and granddaughters, Emily and Olivia, of Anamosa; two step-daughters, Marcianne Kline and Mary Jane Rushford; two step-grandchildren, Jonathan and Morgan Rushford; two sisters-in-law, Lucille Waggoner of Wyoming and Donna Waggoner of Cedar Rapids; nieces Frances Finck, Darlene Daniels, Joyce Bartels, Denise Waggoner Nipper and Lori Waggoner; and a nephew, Tom Orr.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Don; her siblings, Paul and Galen Waggoner and Kathryn Orr; and nephews, Donald Orr and Leland Orr.
Norma Ruth Waggoner was born on Easter Sunday, April 12, 1936, on a farm near Olin. She was the daughter of Harold Franklin and Eliza Gesina (Lizzie) (Weers) Waggoner. Norma graduated from Onslow High School in 1953, where she played the accordion and was on the girls’ basketball team. Norma was employed at the Maquoketa Valley REC from 1953 – 1963. Norma married James Christianson on January 19, 1957, in Wyoming. They lived in Anamosa. They later moved to Rapids City, South Dakota; Waukesha, Wisconsin and then to Boone.
She was part of the Welcome Wagon Program and also sold Luzier Cosmetics. Following their divorce in 1974, Norma returned to Anamosa and her job at the REC. Norma married Don Brady on June 4, 1977, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Anamosa. Norma and Don operated Brady’s Farm Service Station in Anamosa. Don preceded her in death on December 26, 1990. Norma continued to operate the station for several years thereafter. She retired from the REC in 1999. In retirement, she worked part-time at the hot lunch program at the school.
Norma was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church and Wayne Zion Lutheran Church. She had served as president of the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Council. Norma belonged to the Jones County Historical Society, the Anamosa Camera Club and was a fifty-year member of the Eastern Star.

Submitted by: Janet A. Brandt
Source: Anamosa Journal-Eureka, Anamosa, Iowa, 2 November 2017

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