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Claire (Cameron) Norsworthy

May 20, 2012 - Staff

Lander native Claire (Cameron) Norsworthy, 76, of Walla Walla, Wash., died Thursday, April 19, 2012.

A celebration of life service was Friday, April 27, at Chism Hall, Whitman College, in Walla Walla, Wash.

Florence Claire Cameron was born Feb. 24, 1936, in Lander the daughter of Helen and Clair Cameron.

She spent her childhood in Lander, graduating from Fremont County Vocational High School in Lander in 1954. During high school, she was active in band and became an accomplished flutist, later leading to a year-long stint with the Walla Walla Symphony.

She attended the University of Colorado in Boulder, where she met her future husband, then-First Lt. David Ray Norsworthy of the U.S. Army. They celebrated 50 years of marriage in 2007.

Following Mr. Norsworthy's completion of graduate school, and as their family grew, the couple moved several times, finally to Walla Walla in 1968, when he began his career as professor at Whitman College.

From the early 1970s to 1995, Mr. Norsworthy held a variety of administrative assistant positions at Whitman College, the last of which was in the music department.

Her family said Mrs. Norsworthy enjoyed needlepoint, birdwatching, lunching with friends, and reading.

Mrs. Norsworthy is survived by her husband, Ray, of Walla Walla; children Scott Norsworthy and wife Lauren of Isanti, Minn., Ruth Bass and husband Don of Eugene, Ore., and Vance Norsworthy and wife Shelly of Walla Walla; four grandchildren, Kelli Koch and husband Paul of Davidson, N.C., Kevin Bass and wife Sarah of Eureka, Calif., and Colton and Ella Norsworthy of Walla Walla, Wash.; two great-grandchildren, Claire and Henry Koch of Davidson, N.C.; four step-grandchildren in Minnesota; sister Virginia Marshall of Poolesville, Md.; brother George Cameron of Tucson, Ariz.; nephews Bruce Marshall and Adam of Arlington, Va.; niece Leslie Sealey and Billy of San Marcos, Texas; sister-in-law Neva Guinn of Alexandria, La.; three brothers-in-law, Ralph Norsworthy and Audely of Torrance Calif., Hewyt Norsworthy of Monroe, La., and Hap Wailes of Waco, Texas.

She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Margaret Ann, in 1962.

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