Obituary: Norma Thomasson


Norma Thomasson

February 14, 1931 – December 3, 2022

On December 3, 2022, Norma Thomasson, beloved mother, passed away at the age of 91. Born in Blaine to Kristiana (Loa) and Ingersoll Benedictson on February 14, 1931, she graduated from Blaine High School and moved to Seattle for business school. In Seattle, she worked in secretarial and administrative assistant positions, most recently for the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association, from which she retired in the early 1990s. She built a life in Seattle with her husband, Egill Thomasson. They were married for 49 years until his death in 2003. 

Athletically inclined since childhood, she participated in softball and bowling leagues in her thirties and forties. In retirement, she moved back to Blaine where she enjoyed exploring her Icelandic heritage and was active in the Blaine Icelandic Heritage Society for several years, serving as the treasurer. She helped identify numerous unmarked graves of Icelandic settlers in the Blaine Cemetery and worked with her colleagues in the society to mark the graves. She traveled to Iceland several times and enjoyed connecting with relatives there.

She enjoyed her family, pets and gardening and loved living in Blaine.

She is survived by her daughters, Margret Amberson (Carl Amberson) and Linda Thomasson (Van Weigel).  A service will be held on December 17, at 2 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 702 G Street, Blaine, WA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to Grace Lutheran Church.