Ruth Marian (Metvedt) Normand, 81, who had been coordinator for the Billings Parkinson’s Support Group, died in Billings on Jan. 8, 2014, of brain cancer.
She was born July 13, 1932, to Ole and Ida (Nelson) Metvedt on the family farm near Westby. Her family moved to the Missoula area in 1950 and she graduated from Missoula County High School.
While attending college she married Robert “Bob” Normand of Anaconda. The family moved to Rapid City, S.D., and then to Hot Springs, S.D.
In 1964 they moved to the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C. Mrs. Normand ran the household, became active in local politics and returned to college, graduating from the University of Maryland in 1976. She then worked for over a decade as a tax preparer and office manager for H&R Block.
After retirement Mr. and Mrs. Normand moved to Billings. She served as a local and state representative for the National Federation of Retired Employees and as the coordinator for the Billings Parkinson’s Support Group until her illness.
Survivors include her husband; sisters, Alice Savageau of Linden, Wash., and Clara Wacker of Great Falls; sons, Steven of Billings and David of College Park, Md.; a daughter, Susan of Greenbelt, Md.; and five grandchildren.
An informal celebration of her life was held Feb. 10 at Cremation and Funeral Gallery.