Norma Gean Nicholas McKee aka Boppa . \n\nMy mom finally had her prayer answered shortly after midnight on May 2, 2023. She died peacefully at home with me by her side. As my mom aged, her body was unable to keep up with her active mind and it greatly frustrated her. My mom was born in Ogden, UT on January 21. 1927, to Harold Cole and Elsie Mae Mourant Nicholas, their fourth and last child. She made it through a bout of scarlet fever with compassionate care from her grandmother, Annie Mourant. Since her siblings were older, she only had neighborhood boys to play with and her first-born and only brother, Harold (Nick), got a kick out of sending her up to fight the neighborhood boys and win. My mom was very proud of being a 'tom boy'. Nick and my mom had a special and close relationship which continued all of their lives. She attended Lincoln Elementary and met her long-time friend Mary. She then attended Mound Fort Junior High where she developed more life long friendships which have lasted all of their lives. The "Mound Fort Girls" had get togethers throughout the years up until recently, to catch up and reminisce. My mom attended Ogden High and graduated in 1945. My mom told me that she then worked in a women's clothier called "The Nadine" in downtown Ogden. \n\nShe and my dad, A. Dean McKee, got married on June 30, 1947. They moved to Portland, OR, so my dad could attend dental school and my mom continued to work in retail. They later moved back to Ogden where my dad started his dental practice. I came along in 1953, their one and only child, Kristine Anne. My dad then moved us to Louisville, KY, so he could specialize in oral surgery. We moved back to Ogden, they bought their first house and my dad practiced oral surgery. My dad told my mom he didn't want her to work outside of the home and wanted her to be a full time mother and wife. In those days, many women accepted that, including my mother. However, she dove head first into being the best wife and mom she could be. She was a charter member of the Stewart Rehabilitation Center Women's Board, the Chareya Club, a pink lady at the old St. Benedict's Hospital, a member of the Ogden Golf and Country Club Ladies Golf Association, and participated in many other organizations and activities. She developed a keen interest in interior design and decor and directed the remodeling of our home. She learned skills from the carpenter, Keith Cox, doing the remodeling so she could use them in later projects. He was a great friend and teacher. She taught herself how to sew on an old Singer sewing machine my paternal grandfather brought her. She became a one-woman fashion house for herself and for me. She was extremely detail oriented and excelled as a seamstress. She had a great eye for fabric, color, texture and style. ( Unfortunately those traits skipped a generation). \n\nMy parents divorced in 1976 after 29 years of marriage. While it was a painful time for my mom, it also was a period of great growth and self awareness. Over the years she learned she was, in fact, smart and strong and capable on her own. She learned to speak her mind and to have opinions. (Those traits did NOT skip a generation). She bought a house in south Ogden and thoroughly enjoyed remodeling it to suit her tastes, needs and style. She decorated and redecorated it many times over the years because it brought her joy and a sense of accomplishment. She loved playing golf and won a senior championship at Swan Lake in at 72 years old. She cared for her grandson after school while I worked. They developed a very cherished relationship. In 1999, she was baptized, along with me and my son, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church. She loved going for drives with her dogs: Gidget; then Missy; then Abby; and finally Boomer. She enjoyed socializing, bridge, crossword puzzles with her friend, Bonnie, needlepoint (she did a large framed picture and made Christmas stockings for me and my family and for her brother's family), good conversation and most recently jigsaw puzzles thanks to Natalie and Jan. But most importantly she loved her friends and family. Her only grandson, Nic Knowlton, bestowed the name "Boppa" on her when he was just learning to talk and that name stuck. She is Boppa to all of us now. \n\nMy mom was preceded in death by her parents, her dogs; her brother and sister-in-law, Nick and Marilyn Nicholas; her sister and brother-in-law Annette and Rex Richards; her sister Betty Rounds Brown and brother-in-law Hugh Rounds; nephew Gary Nicholas; and nieces Karen Nicholas Sain and Jeannette Richards Larson. \n\nMy mom is survived by me, Kristine M. Knowlton; her grandson and grand-daughter-in-law, Dr. Nicholas D. and Jordan Knowlton; and by two great grand-daughters: Ava Katelyn and Madelyn Kristine Knowlton. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews whom she adored and who kept in touch with her; her friend for 90 years, Mary Close; and by her ex-son-in-law, David Knowlton who is a valued member of our family. Special thanks to Applegate Hospice for helping her for the past five months and to the friends she made, especially Natalie, Jan, Mike, Dan and Kelly. Special thanks also to Dr. Nadya Wayment, her former primary care doctor and later friend, who came to her house to check on both of us that last night.\n\nShe requested cremation so those wishes will be followed. There will not be a funeral per her request but there will be a Celebration of Life sometime during the first part of July, 2023. More specific details will be posted later. If anyone wants to do something in her memory, I know she would appreciate donations to a pet rescue organization. My suggestions are Save Our Local Pets https://www.saveourlocalpetsutah.org/ and the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah https://wrcnu.org/.