Norma Carolyn Wagner, affectionately known by her family as Honey Pot, Mom, Mama and Mana, passed away peacefully in her home on August 24, 2023, leaving behind a legacy of love and kindness. She was born on December 23, 1934, in Los Angeles, California to her proud parents, Willis and Mary Nation. Married in 1957, Norma shared 49 years and countless memories with her best friend and husband, Harry F. Wagner, who preceded her in death. Together, Norma and Harry adopted Buddy in 1961, and Mary in 1968. They enjoyed raising their children, traveling to explore new places, and pursuing their shared passion for photography.
Norma's passing marks the end of a remarkable journey through life that was filled with love, joy, compassion, and unwavering support for her family and friends. Known for her warm and non-judgmental nature, Norma possessed a heart that radiated love in every interaction. With a wonderful sense of humor and ever-present positivity, she effortlessly lifted the spirits of those around her.
Norma found immense joy in spending quality time with her loved ones. Whether it was sharing laughter or engaging in heartfelt conversations, she loved every moment spent with family and friends. Reading books was one of her favorite pastimes, and she enjoyed watching her favorite shows and movies with her son, Buddy. Always a computer enthusiast, Norma took up on-line gaming in her later years. She found great pleasure in the excitement of gaming with her most treasured on-line friends, who she considered family.
A woman of great empathy and compassion, Norma dedicated herself to uplifting others. She was a long-time member of her sorority, where she formed lasting bonds with fellow women who shared her passion for philanthropy. Norma avidly supported causes dear to her heart such as St. Jude's Children's Hospital and organizations supporting military veterans.
In addition to being survived by her dear friends, Norma leaves behind a loving family that will forever carry her memory in their hearts - Buddy Wagner and Mary Larson, devoted son and daughter; Paul Larson, son-in-law; Connor O'Barr and Heather Milam, cherished grandchildren; as well as Liam Greeley, Colton Greeley, Luke Greeley, and Nixon Greeley, her beloved great-grandchildren.
Norma's departure is mourned by all who had the privilege of knowing her. Her unwavering kindness, loving nature, and generous spirit have left an indelible mark on the lives she touched. While her presence will be deeply missed, the memories of her warmth and wisdom will forever linger in the hearts of those who were so fortunate to know and love her.
Funeral services to celebrate Norma's life will be held on September 1, 2023, at 10:30 AM at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Cypress, California. Family and friends are invited to join together to honor and remember our cherished mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.
“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” - A.A. Milne (Winnie the Pooh)
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