|Birth:||11 April 1902|
North Carolina, USA
|Death:||23 May 2012|
High Point, North Carolina, USA
|Age:||110 years, 42 days|
Norma McMenamin was born in North Carolina, USA on 11 April 1902. Her parents were Joseph Alexander Rogers and Adelaide Rebecca (née Bissell) Rogers. She had seven siblings, including Eunice Makasiar (1908–2013) who lived to be 105.
She attended King’s Business College in Charlotte. In the 1920s, the family relocated to Greensboro and Norma worked at the O’Henry Hotel as a cashier, where she met David James "Mac" McMenamin. Norma moved to Horsham, Pennsylvania to take Catholic Instruction and David and Norma were married on 5 June 1930.
The couple had three sons: David Rogers McMenamin (deceased), Joseph McMenamin (deceased) and John McMenamin (1937–1943). In 1935, Mac’s career moved the family to Rio de Janiero, Brazil, where the family lived for over five years. While in Brazil, the family experienced the loss of their son David from Spinal Meningitis. She later lived in New Orleans, where their son John was tragically killed in an accident. After suffering this loss, Norma and Joseph moved back to Greensboro where she operated a laundry mat. Norma and Joseph traveled across the country to San Francisco in Joseph’s yellow convertible and spent several days there until Joseph’s Navy career stationed him in Oahu, Hawaii. While in the Navy, Joseph died after his plane went down in the Pacific Ocean.
Norma joined Archdale Friends Meeting and was active in the Elizabeth Frye Sunday School Class for many years. Despite all of the tragedy in her life, Norma triumphed and went on to live out the rest of her days in the High Point area. Since 2003, she had been a resident of the Stratford, where her sister Eunice also resided. She had a lifelong passion for needlework and growing flowers while she was able.
Norma McMenamin died in High Point, North Carolina, USA on 23 May 2012 at the age of 110 years, 42 days. She is survived by her sister Eunice Makasiar.