Norma was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1946 on St. Patrick’s Day. For the longest time she thought
the parade was for her on her birthday.
She has an older sister Jo-Ann and little brother Rudy. In 1954 the family moved to Queens where she
graduated from high school. Her parents owned a furniture store, and Norma worked there. Her father
was Baptist, and her mother Methodist, but she was raised Presbyterian when they moved to Queens. A
presbyterian minister visited them, and her mother was very impressed with him.
Norma married her high school sweetheart Jesse in 1964, and they were still happily married. In 1966
daughter Dayle was born, in 1968 Cheryl, and in 1972 Myia. In 1978 the family moved to Oregon, due to
Jesse’s job with AT&T. Norma’s oldest daughter Dayle passed away in 1995. Norma and Jesse raised her
three daughters after Dayle’s death.
Norma enjoyed Scrabble, Crossword puzzles, bowling, and watching all sports. She was very interested
in education. Her father always told them knowledge is something no one can take away from you. Her
father exposed the family to many cultures. Sundays were always family time. Norma especially enjoyed
being with family. Which consisted of seven Grandchildren and five Great-Grandchildren. They were the
joy of her life!
Norma volunteered at Humbolt School, Jefferson High School, and S.E.I. She was a Grandparent to many
and was known affectionally as “Granny”. She was awarded the S.E.I grandparent of the year award. She
was also awarded the Spirit of Portland Humanitarian award in 2007. She heard about Ainsworth United
Church of Christ from her friend Mary Sheetz. Norma joined the Church in January 2007 and served on
the Worship Commission until her death.
Her Philosophy was “Therefore by the grace of God go I” God put everyone on earth for a reason. She
was a role model, letting young people know the importance of education.
Norma Godfrey was preceded in death by her parents, husband Jesse Godfrey, daughter Dayle Hill, and
granddaughter Alexandria Martin. She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law Cheryl & Johnny
Brookins, Myia & Jerome Stark; grandchildren Tanisha, McKenzie, Astrid (Antha), Monterae (C.J), Joshua
(Crystal), and Mercedes; great grandchildren Dayle, Ariana, Princeton, Pharaoh, and Venellope; siblings
Jo-Ann Estella and Rudolph Gatling; And a host of other Relatives and Friends.