Former longtime Forks resident Norma Luella (Mooers) Meng passed away on September 25, 2022, in Yakima, Washington. Norma was born February 15, 1933, to Ted and Veda Mooers in Orofino, Idaho.
Her parents divorced when she was very young. Her mother ran a boarding house in Seattle, Washington, during WWII, where Norma learned to cook at age 12 and could prepare a meal for 25 boarders. She learned a great deal about hospitality and hard work during this period in her life.
Norma graduated from Clarkston High School in 1951 after having spent some wonderful years at Auburn Adventist Academy in Auburn, Washington.
Soon after high school, she met Kenneth Moore and faithfully wrote him letters during his time in Korea. They were married in College Place, Washington, in 1953. They had a daughter in 1955 and a son in 1958. Norma attended Walla
Walla Community College, and graduated in 1965 with her LPN license. Norma worked as a nurse for 30 years.
After her first marriage ended in divorce, she married Harold Gunter of Forks, Washington, in 1971. Although her marriage to Harold also ended in divorce, they remained lifelong friends until his tragic death in 2015.
Norma was introduced to Don Meng by a family friend and they were married in 1977. He was a diesel mechanic for many years and also worked on cars in his home shop. Norma nursed at several healthcare facilities in Forks, her favorite
being her job at the Health Department. Norma was active in the community and was a faithful member of the Forks Seventh-Day Adventist Church. Tragically, the Meng’s happy home was shattered when Don passed away from cancer at the age of 59.
Following Don’s death, Norma moved several times between Oregon and Washington before finally settling in Ellensburg, Washinton, where she lived until her death. She had been diagnosed with congestive heart failure several years ago and ultimately passed away from the condition.
Norma enjoyed many friends and loved entertaining in her home. She loved to crochet and made many beautiful blankets for friends and family. She is survived by Edmond Yount (brother), children Bonne Moore of Ellensburg, Washington, and Ivan Moore of Pikeville, Tennessee. Norma had six grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Her 12th great-grandchild, Stanley Silva, preceded her in death in 2018, passing away at 5 1/2 months of age. Norma will be forever loved and missed. Until that glorious heavenly reunion, may our hearts carry on.
Norma’s memorial service was held on October 16, 2022, in Yakima, Washington, at the Seventh-Day Adventist Church.