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Norma Atkin Cunliffe, 87 died with loved ones at her side on Nov.1, 2011 from complications of surgery.
Born Aug. 1, 1924, in Salt Lake City, Utah, she moved to California in 1948 with her beloved husband Joseph and two children Carolyn and Ronald. Two years later their third child, Claudia was born.
Together they built a house in Downey where she resided until 2006 when she moved to Yucaipa to be closer to family.
She held many jobs throughout her working years and retired from her position as a loan officer at Lucky Federal Credit Union in 1989. Always thought of as a leader in work and church she was given positions of leadership and authority.
She was a Rosie the Riveter during WWII and made ammunition for the troops at Remington Steel.
She served in numerous positions in her church where she was a life-long member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Norma was loved by all who knew her and will be dearly missed by friends and family.
She was preceded in death by her husband Joe of 56 years in 1999 and her youngest daughter Claudia, who died of cancer in 1993.
She is survived by her daughter Carolyn Parson of Yucaipa and husband David and their five daughters Shannon Eckert, Nicole Monahan, Eve Ellsworth, Joy Lynne Fischer and Danielle Riddle, all of Yucaipa; son Ronald Cunliffe and wife Lynn of Salt Lake City, Utah and their four children Joseph, James, David and Rebecca, all of Utah; and Claudia’s children, Noelle Kiely, of Yucaipa, Natalie Deming of Hackettstown, NJ and Martin Bowyer of Brea, Ca.; and 18 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held on Sat. Nov. 12 at 10 a.m. at the Calimesa LDS church 306 East Avenue L, Calimesa, Ca. 92320. Graveside dedication services will be held at 3 p.m. at Rose Hills in Whittier.
Emmerson-Bartlett in Yucaipa is handling the arrangements. Condolences can be sent to The Cunliffe Family, 34551 Yale Dr., Yucaipa, CA 90399.
Published: November 10, 2011 – Volume 10 – Issue 30