In Memory of

Norma M. Willoughby

May 13, 1922 - June 24, 2019
From: Rockwell City, IA

Rockwell City – Norma M. Willoughby 97, passed away Monday, June 24, 2019 at her home at Sunnyview Independent Living.  Funeral Services will be 2:00 p.m. Monday, July 1, 2019 at the United Methodist Church, Rockwell City, with Pastor Anita Bane officiating.  Burial will be at Rosehill Cemetery, Rockwell City.  Visitation will be 12:30 p.m. Monday at the Church until service time.  Palmer & Swank Funeral Home, Rockwell City is serving the family.

     Norma is survived by her son Jim (Barbara) Willoughby of Knoxville; daughter Margaret Ann Bloomquist of Dayton; grandchildren, Lisa and Jason Sandholdt, Kathy and Brian Sandstrom, Paul and Kelli Bloomquist, and Joey (fiancée Tori) Willoughby; great-grandchildren, Katelyn, Colby, Josiah, Grace, Jenai, Emilia, Noah, Blake, Landon, Julianna, and MeiLi; niece Sue Rowntree Ne Filby; nephew Martin Hedstrom; and other relatives and a host of friends.

     She was preceded in death by her husband Gerald; son-in-law Marlan Bloomquist; parents, James and Margaret Grace Dawson Filby; and brother Derek Filby.

     Norma Margaret Filby Willoughby was born May 13, 1922 at London, England.  She was educated in England and graduated from Kingston Tech College, Surrey, England with the Class of 1939.  In 1939, she entered the British Civil Service.  In 1942, Norma enlisted in the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force during World War II, where she was a plotter in the control room of the Royal Air Force.  On April 7, 1945 she was united in marriage to Gerald “Doc” F. Willoughby in London, England.  In 1946, she emigrated to the United States and they made their home in Rockwell City.  In 1948, Doc returned to active duty and the couple traveled to Virginia, Germany, California, and Libya until his retirement in 1964.  They returned to Rockwell City where Norma was a homemaker and also a bookkeeper for Carver Motors.  In 1975, they moved to Lake Panorama until returning to Rockwell City in 1990.  They also wintered in Daytona Beach, Florida 39 years.  Doc passed away in 2008, and Norma then made her home at Sunnyview Independent Living.  She was a member of the United Methodist Church, Palmetto Club, Republican Women, Twin Lakes Golf Club, Order of Eastern Star, and Iowa Women’s Philatelic Society. 

Funeral Services
2:00 p.m. - Monday
July 1, 2019
United Methodist Church
Rockwell City, Iowa
Pastor Anita Bane
Jason Sandholdt
Brian Sandstrom
Joey Willoughby
Paul Bloomquist
Marty Hedstrom
Colby Sandholdt
Josiah Sandstrom
12:30 p.m. - Monday
July 1, 2019
United Methodist Church
Rockwell City, Iowa
Organist - Fran Lawson
Rosehill Cemetery
Rockwell City, Iowa


Friday, July 12, 2019 at 10:59 AM
“I am so sorry that I didn't hear of Norma's passing until now, as would have come to celebrate her wonderful life as she was laid to rest. I had the privilege of meeting Norma in person a few years ago after we connected on a british ex-pat site on Facebook. She was such a spitfire! Complete faith in Jesus - no doubt that she is now reunited with her treasured Mum & Dad & her beloved Jerry. Such a great sense of humor & an inspiration to us all. Rest in peace, my friend xx”
- Theresa Sayre

Friday, June 28, 2019 at 7:56 PM
“Our Thoughts and Prayers are with the entire family of Norma! I guess we have known them since Barb and Jim were married! She was truly one amazing woman right up to the time of her death! It has been Many Many years since she immigrated to the U.S.A. and she was proud to be an American! I was so proud that her children could be there and she was good enough to get that award just lately! I wish I could have seen the smile on her face that day! Now she is with Doc and we will be reunited someday with her! Well done, good and faithful servant! ”
- Leland & Norma Ver Helst

Friday, June 28, 2019 at 8:38 AM
“Norma always greeted me with kindness and a story when I was lucky enough to run into her at Sunnyview. What a special , sweet lady. Sorry for your loss. She will be missed by many.”
- Murna Lynch Lindsey

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at 10:54 AM
“My condolences to the family at this very difficult time. Our loving Heavenly Father promises to help you with your grief. “Jehovah is close to the brokenhearted; he saves those who are crushed in spirit”. —Psalms 34:18, 19.”
- Nicole

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at 9:08 AM
“My sympathy to the family. I’m friends with Barb and Jim who from their stories she sounded like an amazing woman.”
- Pat Durdan

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at 8:17 AM
“Jim and Ann,
I'm sorry to hear that your mom passed. She was an amazing lady with an incredible life. So sharp and active up to the end. I was blessed to know her.”
- Mary Ann Keith Stead

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at 7:35 AM
“Love and prayers Jim and Ann and familes♡♡It is so hard to lose a mother♡,Your mom touched so many lives. I enjoyed her so much when I got to see her. I missed seeing her♡What a wonderful life she lived . She touched so many lives♡May she rest in peace♡♡”
- Mary Sandholdt

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at 7:35 AM
“Love and prayers Jim and Ann and family♡What a wonderful life Norma had. Enjoyed her so much when I got to see her♡♡She touched so many lives♡♡It is a big void in ones life to lose a parent ♡May she rest in peace♡♡♡♡Love Mary ”
- Mary Sandholdt

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at 6:56 AM
“Sending you a hug and my deepest sympathy ”
- Marcia Cox

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 1:08 PM
“Jim, Barb, and family, we are so sorry for the loss of your mother. Prayers of strength and peace for you.”
- Wayne and Vickie Schuette

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 9:03 AM
“Sending hugs and prayers, so sorry for your loss.”
- Pamela Rios

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 6:35 AM
“We send our deepest sympathies. Norma was sweet lady and most recently I have so enjoyed her via Facebook to stay in touch. What a remarkable lady! God bless.”
- Sue Wendt Kennedy

Monday, June 24, 2019 at 9:15 PM
“So sorry for your loss. Always had fun speaking with Norma, and hold dear the knitted gift we received over these many years. We talked about military assignments a lot, and her love for her children and grandchildren. What a great life she lived. All the best from John, Olga, and Kati haub.”
- John Haub

Monday, June 24, 2019 at 6:51 PM
“She lived a remarkable life. Really, it's hard to believe she stopped. ”
- Hilda Hartling

Monday, June 24, 2019 at 6:51 PM
“Dear Norma’s family...
I will dearly miss Norma’s interesting stories. ”
- Virginia Hillmer

Monday, June 24, 2019 at 6:11 PM
“What a grand Lady! Will miss her at Sunnyview. Never went there that she didn't meet me with a smile and a story! RIP Norma!”
- Lowell Stoolman

Monday, June 24, 2019 at 6:11 PM
“So sorry for your loss. I enjoyed reading her fb updates. She will be greatly missed. ”
- Marilyn Jean Bigelow Henry

Monday, June 24, 2019 at 6:11 PM
“Thoughts and prayers to the family. She was a wonderful lady and will be greatly missed ”
- Marvin and Sherry Cates

Monday, June 24, 2019 at 5:52 PM
“You are in my prayers. Your mother lived a remarkable life. Kay ”
- Kay Christensen Chambers

Monday, June 24, 2019 at 5:51 PM
“Dad and I send our thoughts and prayers to you all.
- Kristine and Don Howe

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