Newport, NH: Norma Jean Pike was born in Newport, New Hampshire on March 23rd, 1936. She grew up in Newport with her parents and six siblings. Norma met the one and only love of her life, Douglas Clayton LaFountain, and they married soon after on April 24th, 1954. Out of their amazing love for each other grew a family of two daughters, four grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. They were married 54 years when Douglas was called to leave Norma’s side on July 5th 2008. Although her heart was broken, she stayed on earth with her beloved family before joining him in heaven on Friday, July 17th, 2020.
She was a strong and beautiful woman who cherished her family dearly and dedicated her life to making a loving home for them. Norma had many talents such as gardening a variety of flowers to include her favorites, Stargazer Lilies and Roses. She and Doug also had many a vegetable garden and at one time grew red raspberries with which she made pies, jams, jellies and their famous sweet raspberry wine. She was an avid seamstress and made clothing for herself, her children and grandchildren. Over the years, she and Doug renovated their living spaces creating beautiful homes for their family. She had a talent for decorating and a strong appreciation for fashion. Norma is also remembered for creating some of the best home cooked, food for the soul meals, anyone could ever ask for. Her housekeeping standards were that of the grandest hotels. She cared for several of her grandchildren creating a daycare in her own home. She was the ever present Matriarch in both of her daughter’s lives. Norma loved the seacoast often traveling there with Doug in their motor home. She was also a big fan of music and dance.
Norma was predeceased by her parents Nydia and Hardy Pike, three brothers Junior, Beanie and Donnie Pike, and two sisters Leora Grant and Irene St. Aubin as well as her twin who died at birth. She leaves behind her baby sister Joyce Saab of Salem, NH, her daughters and son-and-laws, Pam Jones and Jim Corbett of Newport and Beth and Rick Thibault of Claremont, her granddaughters and their husbands, Kim and Glenn Forni of Laconia, Melissa and Chad Page of Goshen, Angela and Justin Vivian of Claremont and her one Grandson, Taylor Thibault of Claremont as well as her great grandchildren Kevin McCarthy, Cheyanne Morehouse and her partner Nate, Jordan Heiser, Gavyn Page, Ryan Forni and Addysen Vivian and great-great-grandchildren Octavia, Rylee and Piper. Last but not least, she was a Grammy to three fur babies named Fonda, Brody, and Leroy. She also leaves behind one sister-in-law, Irene Pike, many nieces and nephews and a lifelong friend, Evelyn Cayer.
Although a building was never erected in her name, her genuine goodness made the world a better place and she left a mark in the lives of those she touched who will never be the same without her. Norma’s influence as a strong woman who lived a life of love and dedication to what mattered to her most, her family and home, will live on in each of their hearts forever. Her unique and beautiful laugh and sweet scent is embedded deeply in their memories.
A private gathering to include prayer, song, poetry, and food will be held in her honor for her closest loved ones.
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