Norma Sheffield - Brookings

March 3, 1940 – Oct. 7, 2018

Norma J. Sheffield, 78, of Brookings, died unexpectedly on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018, at Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls. 

Memorial services are at 11 a.m. Thursday at First Lutheran Church in Brookings. Rude’s Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Norma Furness was born on March 3, 1940, in Brandt, the daughter of Peter and Clara (Westley) Furness. 

Norma was a graduate of the Clear Lake High School in 1958.  

She continued her education at Stewarts Beauty School in Sioux Falls.  She was then employed at Stewarts Hair Salon in Mitchell from 1960 until 1964. 

She married William Sheffield on Sept. 2, 1961, in Clear Lake.  

After their marriage they farmed near Plankinton and White. Norma also owned and operated Norma’s Beauty Shop in her home while on the farm near Plankinton and White.  

Norma was also employed at the United Retirement Center from 1983 until 1985, the Brookings hospital from 1985 until 1988 and at Edward D. Jones in Brookings, from 1989 until her retirement in 2014.

She was a member of the First Lutheran Church, the South Dakota State Bowling Association and a board member for many years.  

She was a past member of the White Community Club, American Legion Auxiliary and the Zion Lutheran Church in White where she also served as a Sunday School teacher for many years.  She was inducted into the State Bowling Hall of Fame in 2008. She enjoyed bowling, playing cards, and spending time with family and friends. She especially enjoyed playing Rumikub with her grandchildren.

Norma is survived by her husband William of Brookings; a daughter, Dawnzetta (Dan) Francis of Sioux Falls; a son Mark (Christine) Sheffield of White; seven grandchildren; one brother Palmer Furness of Hosmer; four sisters, Eleanora Collins of Madison, Minnesota, Verna Bendt of Brandon, Clarice (Harold) Sager of Quinlin, Texas, and Cleo (DeWayne) Madoll of Warroad, Minnesota.

She was preceded in death by a son William, Jr., three brothers, Albert, Kenneth and Orlando, and three sisters Adeline, Pearl and Mrytle.

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