Norma was the cement that held the Goodwin family together; the summoner of the Tribe; the soul of the sum of all its discrete parts. When she shuffled off this mortal coil there was insufficient spirit left in those she left behind to pull themselves together in ways she had done so often in the past and the process of dissolution began before her mortal remains were laid to rest in Lockwood Cemetery where now rests unvisited.
Norma spent years sowing the seeds of family cohesion in her gentle loving ways even when some were uncooperative because she knew the value of a Strong Family here on earth and the vital importance of family ties in eternity. No one could have done more than she, yet her efforts were frequently apparently despised, rejected, and ignored.
She left a legacy of honesty, truthfulness, forbearing, love, forgiveness, service, and goodwill that stand as beacons in the dark nights of life, inviting weary and lost travellers to shelter under her care and be healed by her ministrations.
People turned to her, trusting her with their darkest and deepest secrets. She held their concerns gently in prayerful hands and suggested ways they could recover their equilibrium and prepare to take their place in the world of light again.
There were times when those she loved most disappointed her. Some were serial disappointers. Yet she never gave up on them, even when they broke her heart time after time.
After her death, some events & circumstances arose of which Norma would have been mortified and extremely disappointed.