Born as Norma Jean Manaige. Her father died, she was only 2 1/2 years old. She was "casually" adopted by her paternal Aunt Dorothy Manaige Ripley.
From Norma and Bob's eldest daughter, Elizabeth:
"[I'm] not sure why Aunt Dorothy died so young — as I recall it was cancer, she was a heavy smoker so maybe lung cancer but, again, not sure. According to my mom, Aunt Dorothy “married & buried 3 husbands.” All of them were financially well off. Not only did she smoke in public, she was the 1st woman to independently drive a car in her town. Aunt Dorothy adopted my mom. When she died, my mom was in a boarding high school (Catholic) & completed her schooling there. There was an uncle & a lawyer who oversaw Aunt Dorothy’s estate. My mom had enough money to attend college, although she never graduated. She started at St Kate’s but eventually transferred to Gonzaga. She attended college for 4 years, but she took a year off to help Grandma and another year she taught on a provisional certificate in Montana. Turned out that by this time Aunt Dorothy’s estate was depleted because the Uncle & lawyer had run thru the funds & sold off the assets, including property. As I understand, Mom managed to get back to the house & retrieve some of the monogrammed items and the rest of her clothes. Guess Aunt Gertrude had a very difficult time financially after Aunt Dorothy passed. My mom had some letters from Aunt Gertrude discussing how she struggled to make it thru the month."
From Sue Otness, Norma and Bob's niece:
"Mom (Shirley) said that she borrowed money from Norma to attend Nurse's Training and paid her back after graduation."
Bremerton, Washington, USA.
Billings, Montana, USA.
Priest Lake ID.
Kitsap, Washington, USA.
Marital Status: SingleRelation to Head: Daughter.
Swimming Woman, Golden Valley, Montana, USA.
Norma Olmstead 80 Yrs.
Norma 80 Yrs.
Husband Robert Raymond Olmstead.
Wife Norma Jean Manaige Ripley.
Child: Elizabeth Olmstead.
Child: Mary Terese Olmstead.
Child: Scott Olmstead.
Child: Lynn Olmstead.
Child: Loren Olmstead Menage.
Child: Joni Olmstead.
20 Feb 1954.
Source: S1242538095 U.S. Public Records Index, 1950-1993, Volume 1 Ancestry.com Publication: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc. Record Collection 1788
Source: S1242538101 U.S. Phone and Address Directories, 1993-2002 Ancestry.com Publication: Ancestry.com Operations Inc Record Collection 7339
Source: S1242538108 Montana, Birth Index, 1870-1986 Ancestry.com Publication: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc. Record Collection 61471
Source: S1242539007 Ancestry Family Trees Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com. Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members.Ancestry Family Tree Ancestry Family Tree 165067406
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