A One-of-a-Kind Lady\n\nThe family of Norma Esther Thorum Giacoma announce the passing of this \nsweet, determined lady in the early morning of May 23, 2006, just nine days \nafter she celebrated her 90th birthday, and forty years and one day after \nher beloved Pete died. She fought a good fight to the end of her life, \nwhich was the same way she came into it on the third official U.S. Mother's \nDay, May 14, 1916.\n\nNorma was born to James Orlando and Esther Dahl Thorum at LDS Hospital, as \nthe eldest of five children. She came into this world as a severely \nunderweight baby according to the standards of the day, and was expected to \nsurvive only a few days. Yet, as she demonstrated on so many occasions \nduring her life, she beat the odds for 32,881 days. One of the last things \nshe said before she died was, "I like to live!"\n\nOn February 14, 1941, Norma married the love of her life, Pete Paul Giacoma, \nat Farmington, Utah. They were later sealed together for all time and \neternity in the Salt Lake LDS temple. Their posterity currently includes 3 \ndaughters and sons-in-law, 8 grandchildren and 1 granddaughter-in-law, and \n6 great-grandchildren.\n\nAfter Pete died in 1966, though she had no formal education past high \nschool, Norma determinedly fought on by going back to school, graduating at \nage 52 years from Utah Technical College with an LPN certification. She \nspent the next 15 years working as an LPN at Valley West (later known as \nPioneer Valley) Hospital. She was also very involved in church and civic \naffairs, serving in the LDS Relief Society and Primary (over 50 years) and \nin 4-H clubs. She received a Silver Beaver award for her dedicated service \nto Scouting.\n\nThe family expresses it's deep appreciation to the staff of Highland Care \nCenter and Applegate Hospice, Dr. M.J. Norman, and other dedicated health \ncare professionals who lovingly and tenderly cared for Norma during the last \n22 months of her life.\n\nNorma is survived by daughters, Sharon (Preston) Day, Dixie (Wayne) Simper, \nand Paula (Jeff) Jensen; grandsons, Pete Day, Milo Simper, Scott (Anna) \nSimper, Marty Simper, Daniel Jensen, Elder Spencer Jensen, and Derek Jensen; \ngreat-grandchildren, Jestin Simper, Riley Simper, Preston Day, Weston Day, \nand Colton Day; brother, Glen (Donna) Thorum; and sister, Ruth Conlon. In \naddition to Pete and her parents, she was preceded in death by \ngranddaughter, Cathleen Day; great-granddaughter, Jacqueline Simper; and \nbrothers Sherman and Robert Thorum.\n\nA viewing for Norma will be held on Tuesday, May 30 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at \nJenkins-Soffe Mortuary, 4760 South State Street, Murray, and again on \nWednesday, May 31 from 10:00-10:45 a.m. at the Taylorsville 14th Ward, 4375 \nSouth Atherton Drive (1250 West), Taylorsville. Her funeral will take place \nat the church on Wednesday beginning at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be at \nMurray City Cemetery.