Norma Jean Wallace, 91, of Valparaiso passed away Tuesday, March 14, 2023. She was born February 16, 1932 in Ypsilanti, MI to Clarence & Mary (Meehan) Estes. Norma was a longtime member of Valparaiso First United Methodist Church and a dedicated student of the Bible. As an “incredible mom” she relished taking her boys and their friends back to Michigan for ski trips and dune buggy outings at Traverse City & Gaylord. Reading contentedly while they enjoyed the freedom of adolescence under the protection of her watchful presence. Once the boys had reached adulthood, she spread her wings into the world of book sales where she thrived in large part due to her gracious nature which could make even the newest of acquaintances feel like they were an old friend.
On May 26, 1952, she married Jack W. Wallace who preceded her in death on January 27, 2023. Survivors include their sons; Scott & Brad Wallace both of Valparaiso, and grandchildren; Erica Phillips, Katie Wallace & Amy Wallace. She was also preceded in death by two sons, Daniel Wallace in 1977 & Doug Wallace in 2018, and one brother, Donald Estes.
A visitation will be held March 31st from 4 – 5 pm at Moeller Funeral Home, Valparaiso with a memorial service at 5:00 pm. Memorial donations may be made to Valparaiso First United Methodist Church.
Norma was one of the first neighbors we met when we moved to Meridian Woods. We will miss her smile and bag of candy at Windflower Court's Sunday circle. -Bonnie Hunter
What a sweet and wonderful lady! Norma and Jack are both missed. -Sue Clemens
My grandma always saw the good in everyone, and that is because she had a heart of gold. She had a gift for making anyone, even a stranger, feel special. My grandma made a difference in the lives of those around her. She was kind and caring, always trying to make the world a better place. Her memory will live on in the hearts of those she touched. I am grateful for her infinite love and support. She left many memories that I will forever cherish. "I thought of you with love today, but that is nothing new. I thought about you yesterday and days before that too. I think of you in silence; I often speak your name.
All I have are memories and your picture in a frame. Your memory is my keepsake with which I'll never part. God has you in His keeping; I have you in my heart." - Leo Marks -Kaitlin Wallace
I am sorry I was unable to share this with you in person. Norma Wallace was cherished not only by me, but also by many of the children and volunteers of an outreach called “Breakfast Club.” She faithfully showed up very early on Monday mornings during the school year to lend her special touch to a homemade breakfast and devotion. (Norma’s “elbow grease” made everything we did better and cleaner!) As she helped serve the children breakfast, she often had a question for each child. They quickly grew to recognize her lilting laugh when their response tickled her (as it so often did.). She never commanded the spotlight, but lead by example. Her words of encouragement and praise (both verbally and in wonderful notes) meant the world to me throughout the journey. I can only imagine how much she will be missed by her family. Thank you Norma for all you did for me, and with me. I love you and am thankful to God for you. -Carol Stoner
Jack and Norma were wonderful friends. I worked with Norma for years as a fellow sales rep for MacMillan.I enoyed her so much when we got together at company meetings that it made the meetings worthwhile. I was so pleased when she and Jack, on a visit to Coeur d'Alene in 2002,stayed with me and my children for a couple of nights in Mead,Washington. I will miss you,Norma.....a lot !! :o)
"Eternal rest grant unto her Oh Lord and let perpetual Light shine upon her. May her soul and all the souls of the faithful departed,through the Mercy of God Rest in Peace." Amen, -Stephen J Sanborn
Norma was a sweetheart and a very dear friend to my mom Joan Hadley. She will be sorely missed. -Heather Crone