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GROVE – Norma Louisa (nee Scott)

January 23, 1928 – November 27, 2010

It is with profound love that her family announces the passing of our beautiful mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and wife, Norma. Mom was an amazing woman with a gentle loving spirit who made friends wherever she went.

Mom was born in Toronto and moved to Red Deer in the mid 1930’s with her parents and six siblings. She met the love of her life when she was 10 years old, the boy next door, David Grove. The Scott and Grove kids had fun playing baseball together in the backyard. Along with her sisters and her brother, she enjoyed working at her Dad’s 5 cent to $1 store. After graduation and marrying David, the adventurous couple moved to Yellowknife, where David worked in the gold mine and Norma worked in the company store. It was in Yellowknife that they had their first child, Charles. Two years later they moved to Edmonton where Sandra was born. They eventually settled back in Red Deer where the family welcomed two more additions, Laura and Gordon. After raising her family and enjoying volunteer work and her hobbies of bowling, knitting and painting, she worked in the library at the high school. In 1979, Norma, David and Gordon moved to Victoria, B.C. where they enjoyed many seaside walks and coffees at the breakwater. She continued her volunteer work and furthered her passion for life long learning by taking a wide variety of courses. At all of Dad’s races, Mom was always there to cheer him on at the finish line. The challenges of Alzheimer’s brought them back to family in Calgary in 2002. Mom spent her last six years at the Bethany Harvest Hills. Words cannot express our appreciation for the loving care and attention that she received from the staff who were an inspiration to our entire family. Our hearts will always smile when we think of Mom.

Mom will always be cherished by her loving husband and best friend, David; her four children, Charles Grove (Patricia), Sandra Jonsson (Dan Sager), Laura Locke (Bill), Gordon Grove (Olesya); grandchildren, Scott Lipka (Lauri), Jennifer Rees (Paul Tomlinson), David Grove (Charlotte Potot), Jesse Locke (Marki Sveen), Jonathan Grove, Meghan Locke (Tim Konditi), Peter Locke, Brenan Grove; great-grandchildren, Brandon and Kyle Rees and Katherine and Emma Lipka. Norma is survived by her beloved little sister Patsy Cathro (Bob); sister-in-law Velda Scott; and brothers-in-law, Bjorn Pedersen and Ned Burgess and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mom is now lovingly waiting for us all at Heaven’s Finish Line.

If roses grow in heaven, Lord
Please pick a bunch for us.
Place them in our Mother’s arms
And tell her they’re from us.
Tell her we love her and miss her,
And when she turns to smile
Place a kiss upon her cheek
And hold her for awhile.
Because remembering her is easy,
We do it every day,
But there is an ache within our hearts
That will never go away.

A Celebration of Norma’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Crowfoot Chapel (82 Crowfoot Circle N.W.), on Wednesday, December 1, 2010 at 2:30 p.m. You may forward condolences through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Bethany Care Foundation – Harvest Hills, #1001 – 17th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 2E5 Telephone: (403) 210-4600, email:

In living memory of Norma Grove, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park, Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.

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  1. Dear uncle Dave and the entire Grove Family. Norma will be greatly missed by all. She was a very loving person, I am proud to have such a wonderful Aunt. I shared with Sandra that I often find myself thinking of the visit at Bethany when we were talking about having a family reunion. And we were saying who should we pick to organize it, Norma piped up and said I nominate Maureen. I giggle every time that it pops into my thoughts. It was great she was able to attend the reunion. Kevin and Jody have asked me to extend their sympathy to all of you as well. Angela and I will be coming to her life celebration on Wednesday. All our love Maureen and Angela

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  2. Evelyn McTavish :

    I am thinking of Norma’s family as they feel the sad loss of such a lovely lady. Norma was a resident at Bethany Harvest Hills at the same time as my mother, Mary McTavish. I was so impressed by the loving care that her family gave to her during those years and I loved her sweet smile. My thoughts are with you! Evelyn McTavish

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  3. Gordon Gray Red Deer :

    To David Grove and Extended Family:

    Dear David:

    I am sorry to hear about Norma’s passing, and wish to extend my heartfelt condolences. My family and I have lived in Red Deer since the mid 1940s. I couldn’t find my way out of town. The only Scott I would see was Pat Cathro, and that was at the High School Reunions.
    Of course most of your Family had left Red Deer, although a friend of mine met you at the summer Alberta Games in Airdrie.

    Again my personal regards.

    Gordon Gray
    Where is Dennis Grove? He is my age.

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  4. Susan& Joyce Court :

    We would like to send our sympathy Sandy to you, your dad and family at the loss of your mom. I know how deeply she will be missed and how very much she was loved. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers today, with all our love, Sue, Frank, Joyce and family.

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  5. Accept my deep sympathy All of You. She was the nicest Lady I ever met…Let her soul rest in peace. She went to be with God.

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  6. Dave and family,
    I was very saddened to hear of Norma’s passing. My heart goes out to you in your time of sorrow and I hope you’ll accept my heartfelt sympathy and know that you are all in my thoughts.
    Russ Carr

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  7. Sandy & family,
    Sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom please accept our condolences.
    Ted Cutlan

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