Obituary for Norma Chapin
Norma Jean Hall Chapin, 85, passed away March 29, 2017 at St. Thomas More Hospital in Cañon City, Colorado from causes incident to age.
She was born September 29, 1931 in Latuda, Carbon County, Utah to Albert Herman Hall and Zelda Martha Watt Hall. She was the youngest of three children. Following her brother Blaine by seven years and her sister Ilene by only 18 months, she was the "surprise baby" of the family.
She attended school in Latuda from first grade through sixth grade before starting junior high in Helper, Utah. Her family then moved to Provo, Utah, where she attended Dixon Junior High for eighth and ninth grades. Following her graduation from Provo High School in 1949 she remained living at home while attending Brigham Young University from 1949 to 1951.
In 1950 she took a summer job at the Grand Canyon, where she met her future husband Walter Hayden Chapin, of Pocatello, Idaho. They were married on May 3, 1952 in Provo, Utah, a happy occasion involving parents, siblings, and friends. Norma and Walt lived in San Diego, California, El Paso, Texas, Las Animas, Colorado, and Ulysses, Kansas. They finally settled in Cañon City, Colorado in June 1957 where their last two children were born and where they lived for the remainder of their lives.
After the birth of her five children, Norma spent the summers of 1961 through 1963 in Provo with her parents while completing her Elementary Education degree at BYU. She taught school and took continuing education classes for some years before completing a master's degree in Elementary Education from the University of Southern Colorado in August 1975.
Norma was an elementary school teacher for the Fremont Re 1 School District in Cañon City, Colorado from 1963 until 1992, teaching second and third grades at Washington and Harrison Elementary Schools before retiring after 29 years of service. It was not uncommon for her to see her students around town, and many of her grown students fondly remembered her through the years.
She was a lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Six of her great-grandparents were Mormon Pioneers, and her other two great-grandparents were born in Utah to Mormon Pioneer parents. Norma was one of the early members of the Cañon City Branch, which at that time met in a small white house at 654 Harrison Avenue. She was part of the small group of members whose fundraising efforts led to the building of the original phase of the 3505 Elm Street chapel, which is now the home of the Cañon City First and Second Wards.
Norma held many church positions over her lifetime, including Primary president, seminary teacher, Relief Society teacher, and director of the family history center. She also spent several years as a temple worker in the Denver Colorado Temple. She had a beautiful soprano voice which she readily shared in church productions, programs, and meetings. She especially enjoyed being in the play "Because of Elizabeth". She was a loyal and compassionate visiting teacher and helped many older sisters in their last years. She loved writing stories and poetry and had one article published in the Ensign magazine.
Norma loved driving, staying in hotels, flying, and traveling in general, especially to see her grandchildren. After retirement she went on one memorable Alaskan cruise with her sister Ilene. Ilene had a sharp sense of humor and introduced her younger sister Norma as her mother. Norma was not pleased when other passengers believed it!
Norma loved her family deeply. She will certainly be welcomed by many who crossed to the other side in years past. She was preceded in death by her parents; parents-in-law; husband of 56 years, Walter Hayden Chapin; sister-in-law, Gleora Kaye Chapin; sister-in-law Neva Jean Chapin Krahmer; sister, Zelda Ilene Hall Ellis; brother-in-law, Edwin M. Ellis; sister-in-law, Eleanor Binder Hall; son-in-law, Anthony J. Day; and grandson-in-law, Matthew Neil Budge.
She is survived by her brother, Herman Blaine Hall of Provo, Utah; daughter, Kathleen Chapin Day (Anthony) of Cañon City, Colorado; son, Norman Hall Chapin (Rebecca) of Fountain, Colorado; daughter, Jean Marie Chapin Seifert (Edward) of Springfield, Nebraska; daughter, Sally Jo Chapin Henrie (Gregory) of Idaho Falls, Idaho; son, Thomas Burk Chapin (Cindy) of Boulder, Colorado; 19 grandchildren; 10 spouses of grandchildren; and 35 great-grandchildren.