August 12, 1934 – May 6, 2019
Norma Ann Soltice, born August 12, 1934, passed away peacefully surrounded by family at the Clearwater Centre in Rocky Mountain House on Monday, May 6, 2019, at the age of 84.
Born in Calgary, Alberta, to Lynn and Cyril McKoen, Norma grew up on a farm in the Shepard district on the south eastern edge of Calgary. She was initially an Accountant in Calgary working for Fina Oil, where she met her future husband, Gordon Soltice. They married in 1962 and moved to Red Deer in 1968 when Gordon was hired to work in the Biological Sciences Department at Red Deer College.
Norma diligently attended night classes at Red Deer College, and then commuted with three other students from Red Deer to the University of Alberta for the final two of the required four years to earn a Bachelor of Education degree. Norma taught Elementary school for many years at River Glen School in the County of Red Deer school system. Grades four and five were her favorites to teach.
Norma’s rural roots were a persistent force in her life. Gordon and Norma farmed outside of their professions. She always said their day jobs kept the farm afloat, and the farm was a great write-off at tax time. Her love of animals endured. She especially loved horses, Welsh Corgis, and the sight of their cattle grazing happily at the farm. Norma was a task-master during the summer months creating a schedule for farm repairs, and always had a lunch packed on work bee days. Gordon really liked her lunches. Whatever came out of that picnic basket was always good.
A highlight of her summers was berry picking followed by making jams, jellies, and pies. There will never be a Saskatoon pie as good as the ones she made. Norma was also an active parent in Red Deer Pony Club where daughter, Alexis, and son, John, attended and rode their horses for many years. Later she would say that Pony Club kept us out of trouble. She became adept at maneuvering a horse trailer, and once safely parked the truck and trailer loaded with four horses on the side of the highway after a front truck tire blew en route to a horse show in British Columbia. An “I can do it” attitude was a predominant trait of her personality. She was a devoted wife, parent, farmer, and volunteer with a strong work ethic.
Norma was predeceased by her husband, Gordon Edward Soltice, and will be dearly missed by her daughter, Alexis Ann Soltice (Bryan), granddaughters, Pyper and Caprice; and by her son, John Gordon Soltice (Kaz), grandson Kensho, and granddaughter Hana.
A Celebration of Norma’s Life will be held at the Holiday Inn Chalet on the Red Deer Westerner Grounds (4847A – 19 Street) on Monday, June 10, 2019 from 2 to 4 pm.
Condolences may be made to www.rockyfuneralhome.ca. Rocky and Sylvan Lake Funeral Homes and Crematorium, your Golden Rule Funeral Homes, entrusted with the arrangements. 403-845-2626
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