Norma Leigh Melby

Norma Leigh Melby, 86, of Hayward passed away peacefully on Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, at Hayward Health Services.

She was born May 27, 1933 in Hayward, the daughter of Oscar and Dorothy (James) Olson. God has released a beautiful soul to walk among the flowers. Norma lived and worked in the Hayward area most of her life. She was always a very hard worker, but her passion was gardening. She loved "playing in the dirt." Her pride and glory were her gladiolus, which she loved to share with others.

She was a grandmother who will be dearly missed, especially by her granddaughter Rachel, who loved her so much and whom she shared an especially deep connection with. Rachel could share anything with her and never feel judged, always loved. There were sleep-overs and personal knitting courses that will never be forgotten. Rachel's heart is especially saddened.

Many hearts are broken in grief from this loss. Heaven received another angel as she walked into the light holding hands with her Lord Jesus and granddaughter Amber.

She is survived by her children, Tom (Sally) Williams of Watertown, Wisconsin, and April (Mike) Armstrong and John Williams, both of Hayward; her sister, Ardelle Wittwer of Forest Lake, Minnesota; her brothers, Ted Olson of Chadron, Nebraska, and Dean (Margie) Olson of Ashland; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and dear friends.

In addition to her parents, Norma was preceded in death by the love of her life, John Melby; her brothers, Pete Olson, Dale Olson, Roger Olson and James Olson; and her granddaughter, Amber Williams.

A Celebration of Life gathering will be held from 11a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 28, at the Veterans Community Center in Hayward.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association, 620 S. 76th St. #160, Milwaukee, WI 53214.

For additional information, please contact the Hayward Funeral Home at 715-634-2609 or leave your condolences for the family online at

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