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Norma Arletta Uptain

July 2, 1925 ~ February 24, 2022

Mrs. Norma Arletta Drinen Uptain, age 96, entered eternal rest on Thursday while residing at the Mission at Castle Rock in Green River, Wyoming. Arrangements have been entrusted to Fox Funeral Home & Crematory in Rock Springs, Wyoming. 

Mrs. Norma Uptain was a loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She was born in Las Animas, Colorado. Norma was raised by her parents namely in McPhee, Colorado, which is now covered by water from the Dolores River. She enjoyed and worked with her husband Wilford "Willie" Uptain on their farm in Lewis, Colorado.

She was preceded in eternal rest by husband Wilford Uptain, son Calvin Uptain, granddaughter Valery Blood, and grand stepsons Wade Blythe and Brian Ritchey; parents, John Lloyd Drinen and Edith Norma Troutman Drinen; and siblings Vaughn Drinen, Donna Conner, and Isadore Arnold.

Those left to cherish her memory include her loving daughter Linda Ritchey and husband Phil of Reliance, Wyoming; sons Kenneth Uptain and spouse Cathey of Lewis, Colorado, and Leonard Uptain, spouse Trish of Sugar Grove, West Virginia; daughter in-law Rhonda Blythe Uptain; Braisy and Bridgess Blood; granddaughter Sara Uptain; grandsons Travis Uptain and Joel Uptain and their children; and sisters Nadine Lock, Nina Lawton and Naomi Reimers and brothers-in-law Kenneth Arnold and Brian Conner.

Interment will be in the Lewis Cemetery, Lewis, Colorado tentatively on July 2, 2022, Norma's birthday.   

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Mission at Castle Rock, Green River, Wyoming, webmaster@missionhealthservices.org., or Hospice at Email: http://muhsc.org.    

Condolences for family can be left at www.foxfh.com

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Oh Norma, you were a wonderful mother in law, and such a super Grandma to my children Valery and Travis. We will miss you forever. I know you are reunited with Calvin and with my beloved daughter, Valery. Thank you for everything!

Wanda Cason May 14 2022 10:41 PM

Our love and sympathy to our family. I am so thankful for my memories of Aunt Norma. I will never forget walking into her kitchen as a child and seeing all those loaves of homemade bread!

Christy Brown(Ken and Isa’s daughter) Feb 27 2022 7:02 PM

Life is filled with memories, mostly precious but all used by God to weave the proverbial "tapestry of life." Other than the thwarted plans of a young boy trying to avoid the "bigger than life, dreaded kiss from an Aunt", I have the most wonderful memories of the many trips to Lewis Colorado. Aunt Norma, Uncle Willie, Leonard, Calvin, Linda, Kenneth and their world of dairy cattle, dry land farmed pinto beans are most vivid and cherished in my life. Thank You!

Leonard, Linda & Kenneth, my love to you and your families. I am looking forward to that kiss from Aunt Norma in the life to come.

Jim Reimers

Jim Reimers Feb 27 2022 1:15 PM

What beautiful memories I have of you Aunt Norma, I so enjoyed the time together, I will treasure all your stories, you showing Mom (Naomi) all the places you lived in Durango. Oh how I wish I would have recorded those times.

Darla Johnson Feb 26 2022 8:29 PM

I recall the visits I had with Aunt Norma, Uncle Willy and cousins. They will always be precious memories. I love each of you and pray for you.

Joanne Drinen Smith Feb 26 2022 11:47 AM

Our condolences Henry and Mindy

Henry Drinen Feb 26 2022 11:38 AM

Mom you were a Great Mother! We loved you.
Son, Leonard Uptain and Spouse Trish Uptain

LEONARD UPTAIN Feb 25 2022 7:50 PM