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Norma Jean Ricks Ludlow

Died: Sat., May 7, 2011

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  • Norma Jean Ricks Ludlow
  • Norma Jean Ricks Ludlow

STEVENSVILLE - On Mother's Day morning, the world woke up missing one of the choicest women who ever lived. Norma Jean Ricks Ludlow passed away peacefully in her sleep on Saturday, May 7, 2011, in Missoula. Mom always said it was her wish to leave on her journey to reunite with her Heavenly Father, His Son Jesus Christ, and innumerable loved ones by simply going to sleep and not waking up. Only a couple of days before she passed, she had returned home from Utah where she spent more than a month visiting family, friends, relatives, and all those she loved so dearly.

Norma was born in Rexburg, Idaho, on Oct. 16, 1927, the second of six children born to Ellis Kenneth Ricks and Juanita Anderson. She is descended from two very long lines of pioneers and inherited their ethics of hard work and the highest levels of honesty and integrity. She spent her life instilling these traits into the hearts of her posterity. Norma grew up during the heart of the depression. As a child, some of the beautiful clothing Norma wore was lovingly created by her mother who reused the material from old flour sacks. Norma grew up working hard on the family farm and in the potato fields. She learned to value each penny so that she could either spend the dollars or share them with others. While most tend to leave a penny on the sidewalk, Mom would always stop and pick them up. She attended different schools in the Rexburg area and graduated from Madison County High School in 1946.

Norma met the love of her life and forever companion that summer and was married to Bruce Ludlow in March 1947 in the Idaho Falls, Idaho, Temple. While living in Logan, Utah, the family was blessed with their first child, Kent. When Bruce graduated from Utah State University, the couple established their first home near family in the outskirts of Rexburg. Another son, Robert joined the young family there.

In 1951, Norma and Bruce followed her parents to Montana, and established a home in Hamilton. There, they were blessed with the births of two more sons, Scott and Gene. When an opportunity arose in the spring of 1955, Norma and Bruce purchased their lifelong home and dairy farm south of Stevensville, near her parents, where a very welcome daughter Beth joined the family in 1959. Not only was Norma a very immaculate housekeeper, cook, and nurse to her family, but she always worked alongside her family in the barns and in the fields.

She was beautiful, talented, and very much a lady, but that doesn't mean that she wouldn't wrestle with the grandkids if she wanted to. Norma's appearance meant a lot to her and she appreciated each compliment that she received. She was an accomplished pianist and gardener. She took great pride in her surroundings and worked very hard so that her home and yard's appearance would be something that she could be proud of. Norma created countless quilts, doilies and other works of art that she used to beautify her home or to share with family members and others in need.

Her life was centered on her large family and she never missed an opportunity to attend a wedding, baptism, school play, concert, ball game, or any other activity that her posterity was involved in. She loved to travel and visited almost all of the United States as well as a trip to Europe to see where her ancestors came from. She seemed to always have a bag packed and ready to tag along with anyone who offered to take her with them to just about anywhere.

Norma lived her entire life as Jesus would have had her live it. She was a perfect example of Christ-like living to all who knew her, and was an excellent teacher who instilled those traits in others. She was persuasive, but never pushy. She had a way of getting loved ones to do what was right in such a way that few realized she was doing it. She dedicated her life to serving her Savior in whatever calling she was asked to perform as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She probably served in every position a woman can hold, and served each calling with perfection and total dedication. After passing the dairy on to their son Robert, Norma and Bruce served three missions for the Church in Arizona, Texas and Georgia. Then after Bruce passed away in 2002, Norma served again at the Church's Family History Library in Salt Lake City. At the time of her death, she was diligently serving the public at the Family History Center in Stevensville.

Norma was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Bruce; her son Robert; a sister Barbara Stewart; and a brother Gordon Ricks; a grandson Nathan; and a great-grandson, Cameron.

She is survived by her sons Kent (Jill) of South Jordan, Utah, Robert's wife Julie of Stevensville, Scott (Denise) of Liberty, S.C., and Gene of Lolo; her daughter Beth Kemp (Raul) of Warren, Ohio; her sisters Marie Merrill (Leo) of Orem, Utah, Sharla Fillmore (Max) of Bountiful, Utah; and her brother Leon Ricks (Dyan) of Sandy, Utah. Additionally, she also leaves a legacy of 29 grandchildren and almost 61 great-grandchildren.

Norma's funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 12, at the Stake Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Stevensville.

Friends and family are invited to a visitation from 6:30 until 8 p.m. Wednesday, at the Whitesitt Funeral Home. An additional hour of visitation will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday before the funeral at the church.

Mom always said, "Don't send me flowers for my funeral. I would much rather have them now while I can appreciate them." In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to The Perpetual Education Fund of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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Deanna Cessna
   Posted Wed May 11, 2011
I am so verry sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful joyous woman and I hope you find comfort in your memories, your families and friends. "Death is not an ending, a sequel stands beyond, invisible as music yet positive as sound" Emily Dickenson

Carola Woolsey Mielke
   Posted Wed May 11, 2011
Norma was such a kind loving woman. Always a smile and kind thing to say. i will miss our little conversations, keeping up on what Scott and Gene were up to now.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the whole Ludlow family. May God Bless.

Beverly Bowen Rushton
   Posted Wed May 11, 2011
Thinking about Norma takes me right back to my teenage years when she taught seminary so faithfully. I still remember the trip she took us on as senior seminary students to Idaho and Utah. Life if precious. How grateful I am for my knowledge of the Plan of Salvation. May that bring you comfort at this time.

Ron Ellis
   Posted Thu May 12, 2011
I want to let you know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. I have fond memories of Aunt Norma. She always had a smile on her face and a big hello for everyone. My parents always enjoyed the visits from your parents and especially from your mother these last few years. She was so kind to them and even drove down and back from Stevensville to Idaho Falls for their 60 wedding anniversary celebration. May the Lord be with you and comfort you during this time. Love--The Ellis Family.

Tom and Judy Lind
   Posted Thu May 12, 2011
The world is truly at a loss with the passing of your mother. She was surely one of Heavenly Fathers favorites. In the days since I've heard of her passing, I have reflected back on those days when I first became aquainted with the good people that lived in the Stevensville area. I spent my summers at uncle Will's ranch for for years before we ever moved up here ourselves. Your mom was our Sunday School teacher, and later was the Seminary teacher. She was always so kind to me and always included me in any of the activities that took place. She always met me with kind words of encouragement. I was always welcome at your parents home and knew it.
I really have appreciated the kindness shown by your parents, especially your mom, to my parents, first in helping them to be able to serve a mission to the Atlanta Temple, and secondly your mom's kindness to my mom at the passing of my dad.

Elaine Bowen Carter
   Posted Thu May 12, 2011
We will miss sweet Norma. I so wanted to be there to give you each a hug. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with your family. I love you!

Joy Hope
   Posted Thu May 12, 2011
My love and prayers go to all of you.

Wade Sticht, son of Leon and Dyan Ricks
   Posted Thu May 12, 2011
I will always be grateful to Norma for her many letters she wrote to me while I was a missionary. I had been in her extended family only a few years at that time, but she always treated me as one of her own.

Thank you Aunt Norma--you will be missed!

Cecil Ricks
   Posted Thu May 12, 2011
I and my siblings have had the distinction of being related to Norma on both sides of our family. You all know that Aunt Juanita was my Grandma Clements' sister and Uncle Ken was my Dad's cousin. That has always been fun to claim that piece of trivia. At any rate, I treasure my association with everyone in your family, and now, I pray that you can all enjoy the wonderful memories you have of your mother, sister, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend. May you enjoy each other's comfort and love. You have such a wonderful example to look up to and revere. I love all you guys. We wish we could have been there with you today.

Dean Bowen
   Posted Sat May 14, 2011
Most of my memories of Norma go back to when she taught seminary. As I look back it amazes me the great effort and work she did in that calling. In addition to her own family she was a great influence for good to many. My condolences and prayers go out to the family in this time of great loss.

Rosaline Chandler
   Posted Mon May 16, 2011
I send my condolence on the loss of your Mom Norma.
I liked her a lot. Some times they would stop at our house and visit as George and your dad were pretty good friends thru the years.
They will have fun all visiting together in the next life.
Keep smiling the Gospel is true.
Rosaline N Chandler

Lila Jean Nash
   Posted Sat May 21, 2011
All the good ones are leaving us, I guess we will have to step up and make them proud! My love to all the Family.

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