Norma Jean Jenkins Keller, 91, of Billings, Montana passed peacefully at TenderNest Assisted Living Facility on April 18, 2022.
Norma was born on July 2, 1930 in Des Moines, Iowa to Walter Coe Jenkins and Jennie Elizabeth Heath. Norma was the middle of their five daughters and the last to join them all in heaven.
Norma had a beautiful singing voice and due to the death of her mother her senior year of high school she had to turn down a music scholarship to stay at home to take care of her two younger sisters. Norma had a keen eye for fashion and people and quickly climbed the management ladder with the JCPenny Co. in Des Moines. That is where she met Robert Dale Keller in 1950 when he was working at Bakers Shoes and sold her a pair of black velvet pumps. They married in February of 1951 and loaded the ironing board on top of their car and headed out to California to start their lives. After unsuccessful job hunting, they headed to Cheyenne, Wyoming and eventually ended up in Billings, Montana where Norma lived the rest of her life. Norma continued working in the retail business at Buttreys Suburban, manager of Dotty Dunn Hat Shop, ABC Kiddie Shop, manager of Hart-Albin in West Park Plaza, Conrads and ending her long retail career at Sears when she was in her 70s.
Norma was a passionate book reader and a sports enthusiast. She loved the Seattle Seahawks, Kansas City Chiefs, San Antonio Spurs, Golden State Warriors, Seattle Mariners and Tiger Woods.
Norma is survived by two children, Susan Keller Scariano of Billings and Scott Keller of Richland, WA., four granddaughters, Samantha Duncan, Nicole Keller, Jennifer Keller Johnson and Tina Scariano, and 9 great grandchildren.
To her granddaughters and great grandchildren, she was lovingly called Nana. Each holiday and birthday a card would arrive from Grandma Nana with a short and sweet message…
For those who knew Norma, her final message after thanking the Good Lord for a long and wonderful life would be…AnyHooty! It is what it is!!!!
Rest in Peace, Great Grandma Nana Norma Jean Jenkins Keller