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Norma V. Abbott, 86

Norma Virginia Abbott, age 86, of Dassel, died Friday, April 5, 2013 at the Mille Lacs Health System in Onamia.

A celebration of life service will take place Monday, April 15 at 2 p.m. at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Dassel, with the Rev. Keith Carlson officiating. Interment will follow at the Dassel Community Cemetery.

Visitation was Sunday, April 14 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel, and will continue Monday for one hour prior to the service at the church.

Arrangements are with the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel.

Norma was born Oct. 4, 1926, in Lisbon, ND, the daughter of Alvin and Dorothy (Brown) Miller. The family later moved to the Dassel area.

Norma was confirmed at the Covenant church, and graduated from Dassel High School in 1945.

She was united in marriage to Thomas Abbott, Jr. Oct. 5, 1946. They made their home south of Dassel on the Abbott family dairy farm, and were blessed with four children, Dan, Dayna, Sue, and LuAnn.

Norma was an active, life-long member of the Evangelical Covenant Church in Dassel, and the Collinwood Club. She was also involved with the Women’s Auxiliary and 4-H. For many years, she served as a volunteer driver and a volunteer at the Cokato Manor, and she received the Volunteer of the Year Award many times.

Family always came first with Norma. She was a devoted, loving, and caring wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, daughter, sister, daughter-in-law, neighbor, and friend.

A hard-working farm wife, Norma always had time to help others. There wasn’t a day that went by that she did not do something for someone else.

Over the years, Norma was employed at the Coffee Cup Café, Green Giant, and the Dassel Lakeside Home until her retirement.

She enjoyed music, socializing with friends, picnics, and traveling. Her travels included Alaska, Canada, the east and west coasts, and many other trips. She especially enjoyed visiting her daughter, Sue, in New Mexico; and her son, Dan, in Washington.

Norma was an excellent cook and loved to share her wonderful meals and baked goods with everyone.

She will be greatly missed, and will be remembered for her kindness and generosity.

Norma is survived by her children, Daniel (Denora) Abbott of Puyallup, WA, Dayna (Bob) McKimm of Brownton, Susan Moe of Cokato, and LuAnn (Gus) Weseloh of Dassel; 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; a sister, Audrey (Gerald) Euerle of Litchfield; and a sister-in-law, Jean Carlson of Hutchinson.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Jr.; her parents, Alvin and Dorothy; in-laws, Thomas Sr. and Nina; an infant daughter, Gloria; brothers Clyde Miller and Hubert Miller; and a grandson-in-law, Todd Pooler.