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Norma Marie (Gerth) Pickard
July 3, 1929 ~ January 18, 2024 (age 94) 94 Years Old
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While at home at Oak Leaf Village in Lexington, South Carolina Norma Marie Pickard passed away on January 18th supported by Crescent Hospice, McLeod home care and the caregivers of Oakleaf Village.
Born from proud Midwestern (Indiana) stock to Albert and Lenora Gerth on July 3rd 1929. Norma would remain true to her “Hoosier” sensibilities and values throughout her life: Family, friends, and steadfastness - combined with a witty and ironic sharp sense of humor enduring to the end.
Married for 74 years to her Broad Ripple high school sweetheart Ralph Pickard (deceased April 2023). She bore 3 children: Gregory, Philip and Cinda. Ralph’s business travels (IBM) frequently moved them to numerous destinations across the country (Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Texas, Massachusetts, New Jersey and several New York locations). Norma, in her inevitable fashion, would create a special home life for the family throughout. She also prioritized cultivating new friends, while continuing to cherish and nurture past friendships.
While wife and mother of three, Norma was also an avid tennis player, golfer, amateur horticulturist, bridge player and superlative crafts person in the art of quilt-making. She and Ralph delivered “Meals on Wheels” to deserving seniors while they were well into their 80’s. At 87 Norma would joke that they had to take meals to the “old people”.
She is survived by her sons Gregory (Mindy) and Philip (Keren) and grandsons Nelson, Turner and Clayton. Ralph and Norma’s only daughter was killed in a boating incident on Lake Murray in 1990.
Norma’s family needs to express their unbridled appreciation to the entire staff at Oakleaf Village of Lexington, Crescent Hospice and McLeod Home Care.
The family will receive friends from 10:00 to 11:00am in the narthex of Corpus Christi Catholic Church at which time (11:00) there will be a Funeral Mass saluting Norma’s life Saturday, January 27, 2024.