Norma Darline Pemberton died Sept. 25, 2013 at her Eatonville home, while surrounded by family.
She was preceded in death by her husband of nearly 40 years, Gerald Pemberton, infant son Terry, her parents Norman and Gertrude Johnson, and brother Gary Johnson.
Norma was a natural listener and leader, and worked in the chemical dependency field as a counselor and director for nearly 30 years. During her career, she was employed by the Muckleshoot, Puyallup and Squaxin Island tribes. She also contracted for numerous tribes, agencies and the state of Washington.
Norma was a gifted writer and artist. She loved her Italian Greyhound “Iggy,” a good cup of coffee and being a grandma. She had a youthful outlook on life, and encouraged people to find their dreams, work hard and remember that the Heavenly Father loved them.
Norma literally wrote the book – the state manual – that helped create and certify several tribal drug and alcohol treatment programs. She and her husband worked tirelessly to establish the Northwest Indian Treatment Center in Elma.
Norma battled one of the most aggressive forms of brain cancer for two years with strength, grace and a deep faith that the Lord would keep her on this earth as long as he needed her to do his work.
Norma is survived by her siblings Mavis Cornelius, June Kilby and Gene Johnson; daughter Jennifer Caldwell Hoskins, daughter Lisa Pemberton-Butler, son-in-law Todd Butler, and grandchildren Jerry, Quin, Jerren, Kodiak, Cyrus and JaLynn.
Services were held.