Norma L. Woolsey

Sept. 27, 1933 – March 22, 2021


Norma Lee Woolsey was born Sept. 27, 1933, in David City, to Floyd Francis and Stella Victoria (Staroscik) Nichols and passed away March 22, 2021, in Lincoln, at the age of 87 years, 5 months and 23 days.

Norma was born and raised in David City. She attended and graduated from David City High School with the Class of 1951. On Feb. 3, 1952, Norma was united in marriage to Donald Woolsey, while he was on leave during the Korean War, at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in David City. After Don’s honorable discharge, the couple moved to a farm near Surprise. They later lived on several different farms around Stromsburg, Madison and Ulysses. After their farm sale, the couple moved to Staplehurst for several years before moving to Seward. Norma worked at the Seward Medical Clinic as a Certified Medical Assistant full time for Dr. Plessman for 27 years and retired in 1999. She continued working part time with Dr. Ketner and performed other various duties at the clinic. 

Norma’s greatest joy was spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She was very supportive of her children and grandchildren and always made an effort to attend as many of their activities as possible. She was the most amazing cook and loved to bake for her family. You never left their home hungry. Norma would also refurbish and clean her family’s monuments in numerous cemeteries in the area. Norma created and enjoyed making stained glass art which included lamps, church windows and Nativity scenes. Norma and Don shared the love of flower gardening and birdwatching. She was a long-time member of the Seward United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Floyd and Stella Nichols; brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Rita Nichols; sister and brothers-in-law, Ilene Boettcher, Walt Boettcher and Lloyd Byars.

Survivors cherishing her memory include her husband, Donald; sons and daughters-in-law Jim and Beth Woolsey of Beaver Crossing, John and Mari Woolsey of Gibbon; daughters and sons-in-law Linda and Dr. Mark Carlson of David City, Janet Irick of Redmond, Oregon, Peggy and Mike Williams of Lincoln. 13 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren with a great-granddaughter arriving in June.

A private family service will be Monday, April 5, at the Seward United Methodist Church. Condolences may be left for the family at


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