Norma Masters
Norma Masters
Norma A. Masters, 93, of Mabel, died Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, at the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel.

She was born Dec. 9, 1918, in rural Decorah, Iowa, to Andrew and Martha (Espeseth) Haugen. Her childhood was spent on farms in the Sauk Center, Minn., and Decorah areas. She graduated from the Decorah High School in 1935 at the age of 16. She did housework for two years until she received her "Normal Training Certificate."

On Jan. 21, 1939, she married Howard Masters in Decorah. She taught in District #2 near Burr Oak, Iowa. They farmed in the Burr Oak area until 1952 when they moved to the Harmony area and farmed there for a few years before moving back to Mabel in 1961where she worked at the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home as a dietary aid and cook until retiring in 1992.

Mr. Masters died May 19, 2000.

After retiring, she enjoyed crossword puzzles, making quilts for the children, embroidery, keeping up on the news and politics, and spending time with her family.

She was a member of the Mabel First Lutheran Church.

She is survived by 10 children, Robert (Ruby) of Premont, Texas, Ardath Johnson of Mabel, Gerald (Vivian) of Benton, Wis., Phyllis (Thomas) Johnson of Marian, Iowa, Jean (Robert) Watson of Red Wing, Elaine (Roger) Ruff of West Fargo, N.D., Marcia (Mike) Goss of St. Cloud, Lynnette (Charlie) Rochford of Oelwein, Iowa, Rhonda Masters of Minnetonka, Minn., and James (Gail) of New Hampton, Iowa; 20 grandchildren; 52 great-grandchildren; 13 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband; a grandson, Bradley Masters; three brothers, Ernest, Art and Gordon; and a sister, Genevieve Breedlove.

Funeral services were held on Monday at the Mabel First Lutheran Church in Mabel with the Rev. Gail George officiating.

Burial was in the Mabel Lutheran Cemetery.