Norma Terhaar

1929 - 2013


Norma Terhaar

Sept. 12, 1929 — June 10, 2013

Norma B. McCann Terhaar, 83, died Monday, June 10, 2013, in Caldwell, Idaho. Norma was born Sept. 12, 1929, in St. Louis, Mo., to Henry and Dora McCann.

Viewing will be Friday June 14, 2013, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder, Walla Walla. A graveside service will be held Saturday, June 15, 2013, at 11:30 a.m. at Mountain View Cemetery with Rev. David Bruce officiating. A memorial service will follow at 1 p.m. in the Wheatland Village conference room on the second floor.

At six months of age, Norma moved west with the family and settled in Pendleton. Later they moved to Milton-Freewater where Norma attended school. She graduated from McLoughlin High School in 1947 and was Pea Festival Queen the same year.

After high school, Norma worked in the office of Roger’s Canning Co. in Milton-Freewater, and later for Washington Machinery in Walla Walla.

In the fall of 1950, Norma married Paul J. Terhaar. In 1955 their son, Mike, was born, and their daughter, Jane, was born in 1959. Norma was a homemaker while her children were young and then began working for the Walla Walla School District. While working during the day, she attended the Community College in the evenings and eventually earned her associates degree. She was a secretary at both Garrison and Pioneer junior high schools and she finished her working career at the school district’s Plant Facilities office.

Norma and her family loved camping and traveling to the Oregon coast. In her retirement years she enjoyed trips to the southern states with her son, Mike, and daughter-in-law, Katie, and traveling with her friends to the New England states to see the fall colors and to New York City, Alaska, England, Ireland and Wales. She was always available and delighted to come to Caldwell to babysit her grandchildren, Nick and Emily.

She lived for 55 years in the home that she and Paul built until she moved to Wheatland Village 2 1/2 years ago. She was happy to call it home, and she loved her “little apartment.”

Norma was always a willing Cub Scout den mother, a member of Chapter FT of PEO, the Washington State School Retirees Assoc., The Travel Club and the Red Hat Society. She thoroughly enjoyed her Wednesday Lunch Bunch and the birthday lunch group.

She had a kind and loving heart for animals and dearly loved her cat, Gypsy.

Norma was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Paul; and many half brothers and sisters. She is survived by her son, Mike Terhaar, his wife Katie, and their son, Gary, all of Florida; daughter Jane Groff, her husband Mike, and their children Nick and Emily, and Emily’s husband, Christopher Hawkins, all of Idaho.

Norma’s family would like to thank her loving and loyal friends whom were so special in her life, and especially for the support given in the last few months. Memorial contributions may be made to the Blue Mountain Humane Society through the funeral home. Friends and family are invited to sign the online guest book at


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