Norma Nelson Tibbitts

Home: Salt Lake City, Utah
Death Date: August 12, 2017
Birthdate: May 8, 1924
Place Of Birth: Salt Lake City, Utah
Service Information: Thursday, August 17, 2017 6:00 PM
Service Location: Starks Funeral Parlor 3651 South 900 East Salt Lake City UT, 84106

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The greatest generation has lost a loving couple.  Allen Marler Tibbitts, one of the "young lions" of WWII, and Norma Nelson Tibbitts, a very talented and wonderful mother, passed away 33 hours apart...Allen on August 10, 2017 and Norma on August 12, 2017.  
Allen was born to Lorenzo Edwin Tibbitts and Clara Eliza Gessel Tibbitts on December 17, 1923 in Ririe, Idaho.  Norma was born to George Gordon Nelson and Gladys Bernice Ackerman Nelson on May 8, 1924 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Both Allen and Norma went to South High School prior to WWII.  Allen played football and Norma developed as an operatic singer.  They became sweethearts and were engaged just prior to Allen's leaving for military service.  Allen joined the military in 1942 and became a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne.  Norma worked at the Arms Plant and made ammunition for our troops.
As a paratrooper, Allen saw heavy action in North Africa, Invasion of Sicily, Invasion of Italy and liberation of Rome, spear-headed the invasion of Southern France, Anzio, Nijmegen Holland (Bridge Too Far), and the March to Germany.  Upon his discharge from the military in late 1945, Allen and Norma were married and had two children:  Gordon (Jill) Tibbitts, and Marlene (Jerry) Maio.
Compassionate and caring people, Norma and Allen worked together on everything, they were the complement of each other.  They were most noted for love of family first, their terrific family dinners at holidays, Norma's exquisite porcelain creations, and their delicious hand-dipped chocolates created in "Grandma's Wonka Room".  Allen spent most of his career with Dan's Foods, first as a store manager and then as head of maintenance and new buildings for all the stores.  
They struggled through Norma's indignities of Alzheimer's and Allen's medical limitations and debilitating effects of PTSD. They will be greatly missed.  They had an agreement that if she should pass first she would sing loudly so he could find her, but if he (being a skilled whistler) passed first he would walk slowly, whistling so she could find him-what a blessing it didn't take long for her to join him.
They are survived by their children; grandchildren Melissa Tibbitts, Wade (Amanda) Tibbitts, Monica (Matt Snow) Maio, Matt (Jaimie) Maio, Mitch Maio, Megan (Eric) Ervin; and twelve great-grandchildren. Allen is survived by two sisters, Joycelyn (Keith) Moore and Lue Gene Holt. Norma is survived by her sister-in-law and "bestie" Evelyn Nelson. Norma is preceded in death by a brother Raymond G. "Bud" Nelson and sister Jean West.  Allen is preceded in death by brothers L.E. Tibbitts, Orrin Tibbitts, Don Tibbitts, Carl Tibbitts, Bus Tibbitts, and Brandt Tibbitts and sister Kathy Tibbitts Buck.
Thank you to the compassionate staff at Mt Olympus Rehabilitation.  Thank you to Dad's favorite at the VA, Dr. Philip Kithas-more than a doctor, a true advocate and friend.
A visitation will be held on Thursday, August 17, 2017 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM at Starks Funeral Parlor, 3651 South 900 East, Salt Lake City. Guests are encouraged to use the complimentary valet parking on the north side of the building. Joint graveside services will be held on Friday, August 18, 2017 at noon at Memorial Estates Mountain View, 3115 Bengal Blvd, Cottonwood Heights.     



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