Orma Irene Prentice passed into her heavenly home on January 30, 2018, in Flagstaff, Arizona, following a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Orma was born July 29, 1923 to Charles D. Ogier and Gertrude M. Gurney Ogier in Burbank, California. She was the first of five children, and survived the longest, at 94 years of age. Her siblings preceded her in death: Orrin Ogier, Ardell Waters, Dale Ogier and Verdalyn Roderick.
Orma met John Douglas Prentice at the young age of 16, and they were married on August 14, 1940. They became parents of four children, all of whom survive her: Carolyn Troyer of Rimrock, Arizona; Janice DeWall (Alfred) of Flagstaff, Arizona; John D. Prentice Jr. (Shirley) of Prescott, Arizona; and Dale Taylor of Flagstaff, Arizona. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren.
Orma and Doug moved around, following his jobs in southern California. They moved to Arizona in 1952, settling first in Mesa for a year, then choosing Mayer as their permanent home, as it was centrally located. Douglas, known as “Tex” or “J.D.”, worked as a Master Mechanic on road construction after his service in the Army-Air Corps during WWII and the Korean Conflict. Doug died in 1981, in an auto accident.
Orma was clever with her hands, and could do any kind of needlework and crafts. She was an expert seamstress, sewing beautiful garments for her family. She was co-owner of a ceramic shop for several years. A life-long butterfly lover, Orma collected anything and everything with a butterfly theme. Family always came first with her, and she loved her children unconditionally. She was known and loved for her sweet disposition.
A Memorial Service will be held on March 3, at 2:00 PM at the Mayer Recreation Center, 10001 Wicks Avenue in Mayer, Arizona. Friends are invited to share memories, as we celebrate Orma’s life and how her life impacted all of ours. Memories and condolences may be posted for the family at www.norvelowensmortuary.com.