Longtime Westchester resident Norma Bodey, who was actively involved in community organizations such as the Westchester Woman’s Club and Westchester Mental Health Guild, has died. She was 95.
Bodey passed away peacefully Dec. 21 in her Westchester home of more than 50 years, her family said.
The firstborn of Esther and Charles Batchelder, Bodey grew up in Oregon and Minnesota. As a girl, she began her lifelong involvement with the Camp Fire Girls program. While attending St. Paul Central High School, she met and fell in love with Charles “Chuck” Bodey.
Norma was a very active member and officer of the Alpha Xi Delta sorority at the University of Minnesota, from which she graduated in 1936 with a BBA in merchandising. Following Chuck’s graduation from the University of Minnesota with an engineering degree, the couple married on Dec. 4, 1938.
Their two daughters, Norma Jean and Virginia, were born in St. Paul, and a job transfer later brought the Bodey family to Westchester in 1951. While raising her family, Norma became deeply involved with the Camp Fire Girls program, leading her daughters’ groups for many years, and later as an active adult leader trainer.
Bodey was also active with the local Parent Teacher Association (PTA), Covenant Presbyterian Church (particularly its book group), and the Westchester Woman’s Club, for which she chaired the philanthropy section for several years, taking pleasure in awarding scholarships to high school students, her family said.
Bodey also enjoyed sharing her warm, helpful nature and longtime community knowledge with newcomers through her work as a Westchester Welcome Wagon hostess, her family said. Bodey, who always had a special place in her heart for little children, worked as a preschool assistant for a time.
She was also actively involved with the Westchester Mental Health Guild, and served as a public member of the board of the American Kidney Fund.
Bodey excelled at needlework and growing orchids, and was an active correspondent who was steadfast in friendship and a charming hostess, her family said.
Bodey was preceded in death by her beloved best friend and husband, Chuck, in 2001, and grandson Mike Christison in 2000. She is survived by her daughters, Norma Jean Galiher of Mt. View and Virginia “Ginger” Christison of La Jolla, grandson Brian Christison of San Diego, her brother, Charles L. Batchelder of Ft. Lauderdale, FL., two nieces and a nephew.
An informal reception celebrating Bodey’s life will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16 in the Fireside Room at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 6323 W. 80th St., Westchester.