Norma Jean Aslett, 77, passed away Thursday, October 11, 2012. Her last earthly hours were spent with her family at her bedside. Norma celebrated the last several months at Silverado Senior Living, Aspen Park Dementia Care Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Norma Jean was born on July 26, 1935 to Arthur William Jones and Phronia Louise (Jones) Baux in Fort Hall, Idaho. Norma spent her early childhood in Fort Hall, Idaho. She also enjoyed spending time with numerous cousins, older brother William and younger sister Charlotte, often times, under the care of her loving Grandma Gay.
Norma and her family left Fort Hall, Idaho in 1944 and resettled in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The family lived at the lower Bar BC Ranch, as well as the Herb Ward Ranch where father Art and mother Phronia, had strong ties to the Jackson Hole, Wyoming dude ranches. Norma and sister Charlotte always had the opportunity to find “something” to ride, and from that point, her early love for horses grew. Being quite capable of winning most any race they choose to enter in the Dude Ranch Rodeos, they were not allowed to re-enter the following year, because they were not considered “Dudes”. The valley residents began to call them “The Jones Boys”.
Upon the untimely death of the ranch owner, Norma’s family moved to Pinedale, Wyoming where Norma and her siblings became “Town Kids”. Norma’s High School years in Pinedale, gave her the opportunity to enjoy a position as cheerleader, baton twirler, and majorette for the Pinedale Wranglers.
In 1952, Norma married Dennis Clayton Widick, Sr., son of Hazel and Merle Widick of Pinedale, Wyoming, in Fort Hall, Idaho. Together they were blessed with Dennis Clayton, Jr. and Debra Carolyn. In 1962, Norma married Marvin Aslett, son of Leonna and Leon Aslett, at the Wort Hotel in Jackson, Wyoming. Two years later, Norma and Marvin’s son David Leon Aslett was born in Montpellier, Idaho.
Norma was a longtime resident of the Twin Falls and Kimberly, Idaho area until moving to Blackfoot, Idaho in 2010. Norma was involved in a Dairy business with youngest son Dave. Norma’s love for horses led her to serve two years as Idaho Cutting Horse Association President. Norma owned many award winning race horses. One of her greatest accomplishments was owning and training her filly BCR Cure The Blues who proved victorious in the Bitterroot Futurity in 1987. Articles on BCR Cure The Blues were featured in Western Racing News. Norma was also a long-standing member of the American Quarter Horse Association. One was always able to find Norma at the sale barn. Norma was never one to turn down an interesting auction of any nature and was an avid antique collector. Norma loved Native American Collections.
The happiest days of her life were spent residing at Silverado Senior Living where she was so dearly loved. The halls will always recall Norma’s greeting call “Hi Ya” to everyone she saw. She spent time overseeing the care of other residents, listening to live music, par-taking in wine and cheese parties, crafting, and spending time with her frequent visitors, daughter Debby and husband Punky (Elbert).
Norma is survived by her daughter, Debby Steinaker (Punky), son David Aslett (Sharon), son Dennis Widick (Lisa), brother William (Pauline) Jones and sister Charlotte Kimball. Grandchildren, Tana Schatz (Troy), Kari Riel (Ron), Jennifer Zook (Andrew), Kelli Hansen (Sean), Justin Aslett, Jarred Aslett, Caitlin Aslett, Michael Widick, Amee Lara, Josh Bollar and 14 great-grandchildren.
Services will be held Saturday, October 20th, 2012, in Jackson Hole, WY at St John’s Episcopal Chapel at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be sent to Silverado Senior Living, 1430 East, 4500 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84117 attn: Kim Dansie, please note: Norma Aslett Memorial Fund.