Norma Prater, 91, former Hanson Road resident, died Wednesday [February 14, 1979] at a local nursing home. She was born June 28, 1887, in Leadville, Colo. She was awarded a scholarship in the field of medicine, science or law to the University of Colorado at Denver, but was unable to accept the scholarship and went into teaching for several years prior to her marriage.
She came to Ellensburg in 1908 from Colorado, and she and Jess Prater were married in Ellensburg on Feb. 14, 1915. They farmed on the west side, retiring in 1951, but continued to live there until his death in 1975. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Farm Bureau, Women’s Welcome Club and the Cove-Damman Home Economics Club.
She is survived by two sons, William of Wenatchee, and Eugene of Ellensburg; two daughters, Mrs. Charles (Marjorie) Williamson of Seattle, and Mrs. Eugene (Myrna) Halvorsen of Bellevue; eight grandchildren and sister, Mrs. Hallie Tallman of Suquamish.
Funeral services will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at Evenson Chapel in Ellensburg. The Rev. Tim Owen will officiate and burial will follow at the IOOF Cemetery.
Daily Record, February 16, 1979
Contributed by: Shelli Steedman