Norma Palacio Pena

Norma Palacio Pena

August 23, 1942 - March 11, 2010

Norma Palacio Pena

August 23, 1942 - March 11, 2010



Norma was born in Inopacan, Leyte Philippines on August 23, 1942. She was the only child of Filomela Delarmente and Pastor Palacio. Her father died when she was barely 2 years old; a victim of a bomb dropped by the Japanese on the Municipal Building of Inopacan, Leyte, where he was serving as the as Municipal Treasurer. Norma was raised by her mother, grandmother Restituta Delarmente, and grandfather Angel Alosa. Her mother worked as a school teacher.

After high school, Norma went to Nursing School, first at the University of San Carlos in Cebu City Philippines and later on at South Western University, where she graduated with a Nursing degree. She later pursued her education at the University of Phoenix, where she obtained her Bachelors degree in Nursing.

After passing the Board of Nursing exam and receiving her license as a Registered Nurse, she set out to Newfoundland, Canada with her mother’s approval to work as a Registered Nurse. She stayed in Newfoundland until she completed her contract and then moved to Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

She vacationed with closed friends to California where she met her husband in 1966. She went back to Canada briefly before she decided to come back to California to get married.

Norma’s contribution as a nurse is considered by most of her peers as something noteworthy and significant. She spent 47 years of her life helping other people heal from their sickness, offering consolation to her patients and families, and comforting those who needed comforting. She was kind, helpful and generous with her friends and peers. Her families learned from the eyes of her co-workers how much they loved her and respected her work ethics. She spent 38 years of her life at St. Joseph Hospital of Orange.

She is survived by Alfonso, her husband of 43 years; her children Leigh Ann, Carlos, Tina; and her grandchildren, Brice, Meighann, and Jordyn Halie.

In God’s Hands
by Anna M. Matthews

You’re in God’s hands
So have no fears,
He’s cared for you
Down through the years.
You’re in the prayers
Of those you love,
And God is watching
From above.
Your faith has carried
You thus far,
And God will meet you
Where you are.

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33 responses to Norma Palacio Pena

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  1. Kuya Carlos And Ate Tina ,
    Condolence to your family may Our GOD comfort you at this moment of time.

  2. Kuya Carlos And Ate Tina ,
    Condolence to your family may Our GOD comfort you at this moment of time.

  3. Grandma, im going to miss you so much. Everywhere i go i just see memories of you. There all great! You were the most perfect person possible. I’ve heard so many stories in the past 5 weeks of how you’ve helped save peoples lives. I’ll never forget when you and Grandpa came to our house the 1st timethe day before anything happened. You two were so happy dancing with eachother in our living room, showing me how to dance for my Winter formal. Thats only 1 of many great memories. I will be taking care of Charlie for now on so don’t worry! The past 2 days have been rough but i know you’re happy. We’ll see you again Grandma, I love you.

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