Norma Jane Backlund

October 15, 1922 - October 9, 2018
Norma Jane Backlund

Norma Jane Backlund, age 95, of Wilmington, passed away on Tuesday, October 9, 2018, at her home.

She was born in Saint Paul, MN on October 15, 1922, the daughter of Robert Turner Gibbens and Ella Mae Stein Gibbens.

She is survived by her children: Ann Carpenter and Mark Backlund.  A grandson, Travis Carpenter, a sister  Nancy Smith and sisters in law, Myra Backlund and Linda Backlund. She was predeceased by her husband Donald Backlund, her son Michael Backlund and her brother Robert Gibbens.

Norma was a lifelong homemaker who loved to garden and collect sea shells. She was an active volunteer for many organizations throughout her life.  She volunteered at Good Shepard Ministries in Wilmington for many years.

A private Memorial Service is to be arranged.

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  • October 13, 2018
    Tracy Eames says:
    I enjoyed my time with Ms. Norma. I will miss her dearly. She will always have a special place in my heart.

  • October 13, 2018
    Tracy Eames says:
    I throughly enjoyed my time with Ms. Norma. I will miss her dearly. She will always have a special place in my heart

  • October 16, 2018
    tony beale says:
    Ms. Backlund was very special to me....It has always been a pleasure to do work for her.I learned many things from her during the time I knew her.She will surely be missed by me.