In Loving Memory: Norma Trainor: 1927-2021


The Lord called Norma Lee Trainor (Lane) peacefully home on Dec. 24, 2021. She was 94. Norma was residing at Heritage House, Memory Care, in Morton, Washington. Family was by her side often along with wonderful nurses who loved and cared for her. 

Norma was born and raised in Chelsea, Oklahoma on Feb. 27, 1927. She left Oklahoma with her cousin Marie for employment at Western State Hospital (WSH) in Lakewood, Washington in 1945. She met Ronald Trainor from Cherokee, Iowa. They married on May 1, 1946, and settled in Lakewood to raise their family. Norma worked alongside her beloved mother-in-law Ruby as a caregiver at WSH for over 20 years. Ron worked for the Washington State Patrol. Some of their favorite pastimes included Norma’s love of horses, bowling on league, and weekends away at the Winlock property and occasional trips to Ocean Shores. They moved to the Winlock property when Ron retired from the state patrol in 1971. They enjoyed the wide open spaces of the outdoors, campfires, riding their horses in parades like Winlock’s Egg Days and Loyalty Day Parade in Long Beach, and just living on their farm. Norma organized the Winlock Trail Riders Mounted Search and Rescue Unit of Lewis County in 1972. An unexpected loss of their daughter, Carol Sue Trainor, in June of 1978 brought her young son Joseph Lee Trainor into their home as their son. Norma was an active member of Christian Fellowship of Winlock Church. She enjoyed studying the word of God at adult Bible studies and at a variety of ladies Bible studies and fellowship events. She considered everyone at her church as her family and was well loved. 

Norma was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She is survived by her son Ronald L. Trainor (Nicki); daughters Cheryl A. Schlenker (Dennis), Karen Trainor, and Lora Schrift; and 10 grandchildren Wendy Echaniz (Jeff), Cindy Trainor- Hoey (Jerry), Joseph Trainor (Terri), Shaun Schlenker, Dana Sprouse (Jeff), Charlane Colson, Wade Colson (Caitie), Stephanie and Bryan Schrift, and Alex Chambers, plus 11 great-grandchildren. A graveside service for Norma will be held on Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022, at 11 a.m. at the St. Francis (Cowlitz) Mission located at 139 Spencer Road, Toledo, Washington. Directly afterwards, there will be a memorial service at Christian Fellowship of Winlock, 630 Cemetery Road, Winlock, at 12:30 p.m. with a luncheon to follow.