Millinocket - Norma Louise (Hardy) McQuarrie, 81, passed away unexpectedly in her home in Millinocket on July 10, 2023. She was born on June 28, 1942, in Waterville, Maine, the daughter of Norman Francis Hardy and Mary Frances (Treadwell) Hardy. Norma had two siblings, Linda Lee (Hardy) Pelkey and Kermit L. Hardy. She grew up in Clifton, Maine and later moved to Millinocket with her family. Norma graduated from Stearns High School, class of 1961. During her high school years, she excelled in baton twirling and was Miss Majorette of Maine in 1962. Following graduation, she taught baton lessons at the municipal building in Millinocket for many years. Norma also taught preschool at Mother Goose Nursery School, Chickadee, Head Start and Granite Street Elementary School for over 30 years. She married James P. McQuarrie in 1965 and they had two children, Mary Louise (McQuarrie) Osborne and James P. McQuarrie. Norma was always involved in the community offering a bright smile to everyone along her path. She loved her friends and family dearly. Norma enjoyed morning coffee with her friends, quilting club, tops, spending time in Florida, bible study and making memories with her beloved children and grandchildren. Norma enjoyed the company of her many cousins, nieces and nephews sharing stories and laughs over many years. May she be remembered for her generous heart, spirited personality, and unconditional love.
Norma is survived by her daughter, Mary Louise Osborne and her husband Charles Osborne Jr. of Millinocket and James P. McQuarrie and his wife Sara McQuarrie of Hodgedon; four grandchildren, Charlie J. Osborne III, Mallory Louise Osborne, Katie London McQuarrie and Neal James McQuarrie. Norma was predeceased by her parents, husband, and siblings.
Family and friends are invited to gather at Millinocket Cemetery on Friday, July 14th at 11:00am to honor her life. A gathering to celebrate her life will follow and will be announced after the ceremony. Arrangements are by Lamson Funeral Home, Millinocket. Messages of condolence may be expressed at Norma’s Book of Memories at www.lamsonfh.com.