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Norma B. Mikkelsen "In Loving Memory"

Norma B. Mikkelsen passed away gently in her sleep on August 25, 2010. She was born in Ogden, Utah, April 19th, 1927. She is preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Blooma Summers, her sister Thelma Ellis, and her brother James Summers. Norma attended the University of Utah, gaining both a BA and MA. Her passion was anthropology, and was head of the University of Utah Anthropology Lab for many years. Later, she became the director of the University of Utah Press, and was lead editor for their anthropological publications. Norma married Robert Mikkelsen in 1949. In 1957, she gave birth to her daughter, Shelby. Norma loved her daughter, son-in-law and grandson very much. She was always there for them, and many others who called her their "adopted mom." Although Robert and Norma eventually divorced, they remained good friends. Norma was a "closet gypsy" who enjoyed traveling, especially to England and Vancouver, B.C. She also loved music, especially New Orleans Jazz, dancing, gardening, reading, and soaking up the sunshine. Norma is survived by her daughter Shelby Rickart, son-in-law Eric Rickart, grandson Samuel Rickart, and extended family in Utah and Colorado. A private life celebration will be held. Norma will be inurned at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park. One journey is at an end; another is only beginning. Love you, Mom!