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April 20, 2010 3:22 am

Norma Jean (Shipman) Herd

Written by Tribune Staff

(Aug. 9, 1946 - April 15, 2010)

Norma Jean (Shipman) Herd died at her home, in the arms of her daughter, Alex, after a long and courageous battle with cancer, on April 15, 2010.

She was born in Powell on Aug. 9, 1946, to Sidney C. “Gus” and Oma Dee (Pearson) Shipman.

She graduated from Powell High School in 1964. Shortly after graduation, she married John Ulmer, and a daughter, Chancey Dee Ann Ulmer, was born on June 8, 1972. When this union ended, she returned to Powell and began work at the Fireside Lounge in Ralston.

She married Mike Herd in 1982, and a daughter, Alexa Jean Herd, was born to them on Nov. 20, 1982. After a tragic accident, she was widowed in 1983.

In 1993 she began a relationship with Darryl Carmon, known as “Her Guy,” and she spent the rest of her years with him.

She tended bar in Ralston and Powell for 32 years. She spent 18 years helping out occasionally as the back-up bartender at the Elks Lodge, and spent nine years as the club manager. She started her own cleaning business in 2003. She had clients in Powell and Cody, and she cleaned until her cancer diagnosis in August 2008.

She loved and took in many animals throughout the years. She looked forward to planting her herbs and garden every spring, and she enjoyed going to garage sales and finding good deals at second-hand stores. She was the ultimate entertainer and hostess, and she loved to party with her family and friends.

Norma is survived by her daughter, Alex Jean Herd of Powell; sisters Peggy Norris of Powell and Donna (Spargur) McIntosh of Zortman, Mont.; “Her Guy” Darryl Carmon of Powell; as well as many members of the extended Carmon, Norris, Spargur, Ulmer and Herd families.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter Chancey Dee Ann Ulmer; husband Michael K. Herd; parents-in-law Ann and George Ulmer; brother-in-law Verlin McIntosh; a niece Sandra Dee Norris; and Dennis Carmon.

A cremation memorial service will be Friday, April 23, at 1 p.m. at the Elks Lodge in Powell. A short burial and blessing will follow at Crown Hill Cemetery, with a reception to follow back at the Elks Lodge.

Thompson Funeral Home is handling arrangements, and online condolences may be left for the family at www.thompsonfuneral.net.