Norma Charlotte Elliott Hebert, 87, of Willamina, formerly of Astoria, died Wednesday, May 13, 2009, at home.

She was born Dec. 27, 1921, at home, to Joseph and Josephine Elliott of Astoria. She was raised in Astoria.

After graduating from Astoria High School, she attended nursing school at St. Mary's in Astoria, where she received her registered nursing degree in 1945.

On Nov. 7, 1942, she married John "Art" Hebert. He preceded her in death in 1990.

In 1996, she married Ray Sampson. He preceded her in death in 1999.

After World War II , she moved to Sheridan. Mrs. Hebert worked part-time as a nurse in local hospitals and nursing homes. In 1980, she became a real estate broker and opened her own business, Normart Realty.

She was a member of the Sheridan Chamber of Commerce (2001 Outstanding Citizen), Willamina-Grande Ronde-Sheridan Kiwanis Club, winning many awards, and the Salvation Army.

Family members said that family was always most important to her, whether it be immediate family, extended family or her Chinook-Quinault Indian roots. She loved playing cribbage, clam digging, rafting, traveling and anything that involved family and friends.

She is survived by seven children, John Hebert Jr., Susan Hebert, Annie Scott, Ernie Hebert, Lucy Hebert, Josie Adams and Joe Hebert; 13 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by six sisters, Sophie "Tillie" Howe, Lola "Lu" Holland, Marion "Toby" Parker, Emma Petersen, Carolina Carlson and Josephine Elliott.

A memorial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Macy & Son Funeral Directors in McMinnville. Following the service, a reception will be held at Mrs. Hebert's home, at 172 S.E. Lamson Street in Willamina.

Memorial contributions may be made to Legacy Hospice Services, in care of Macy & Son Funeral Directors, 135 N.E. Evans St., McMinnville, OR 97128.

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