Sorry to have to report that Norma Smith passed away early this morning. She was 96.
Norma was a long-time member of our community and served for several years in a very active role as a member of the Unit Board. Among her many accomplishments, Norma was Human Resources Director for Bumble Bee Seafood in Astoria.
I had the good fortune of partnering with Norma when she achieved the rank of Life Master when we placed 1st in a pairs event at a Regional in Portland. We won the event by a half-point by being the only pair to bid 7NT on one board. We always had a good laugh about it because I said after the hand was over, “Oh, everybody will be there.” We were the only pair bidding 7 and Norma took great delight in that fact. Every time I would arrive at her table, she would say, “Just bid 7NT.” She was a good person and will be missed. We extend our wishes to her daughter Leilani Norman.