Norma Taylor is a welcoming spirit and thoughtful friend for many at OneCare's The Manor in Kings Meadows. Norma's immense kindness and valuable contribution is part of what makes The Manor special.
Norma spent several years living at OneCare's Manor Gardens Retirement Village with her husband Lyle, before moving into residential aged care. She enjoys meeting new people and this is one of the many reasons why she took on the role to welcome new residents. Norma understands that moving into residential aged care can often be difficult and she makes it her mission to do everything that she can to help make people feel at home and settled. She is known as a trusting, kind friend and someone people can rely on.
Christianity is an important part of Norma's life. Caring for people is at the centre of everything she does.
Norma was born in 1930 and the second eldest of seven children. Norma was a nurse, with expertise in midwifery and child health. In the early days of her career, Norma spent five years in Western Australia caring for young indigenous girls whilst they attended school. The girls loved singing, and every night before bed, they would all sing together. She speaks of this happy time in her life with great warmth and brightness.
After five years, she returned to Tasmania to work at the hospital in Ulverstone and start the next chapter in her life. Lyle was a market gardener and her husband to be. He waited for Norma for five years whilst she was away working in WA. "He told me that he had always known he wanted to marry me! He knew my mind was made up to go to WA and waited for me. The morning after I returned to Tasmania, he proposed to me!" On their first wedding anniversary, Norma was in hospital with twins. "We had a wonderful interesting life together."
Norma describes Lyle as a quiet and patient man, with a gentle and considerate nature. "I think his kind, patient nature was why he was able to wait for me for five years." They have four beautiful girls who now live in Tasmania and WA. Her girls grew up in Sulphur Creek and at the time, Lyle managed six large vegetable glasshouses in the area. "We got on very well as a family." Lyle also spent time working at Devonfield, teaching his love of gardening to help enrich the lives of the young children who attended there.
Norma loves to read and takes pride in looking after the Library, putting books back in their place, giving friend's her reading recommendations and sharing her own books with others. At the moment she is re-reading Mao's Last Dancer. She often re-reads her favourite books, always finding something new and interesting.
Norma says that in life..."the most important thing is loving your family and be willing to give up some things to care for them."