Norma Janet Holyoake

Date of birth
17 Mar 1909
Date of death
18 Dec 1984
Biography
Norma Jean Ingram was born 7 March 1909. She was also related to the Drummond family of Riwaka. She married Keith Holyoake twice, at the Wellington Registry Office on 24 September 1934 and at the Presbyterian Church in Motueka on 11 January 1935. She supported her husband's political career from 1934 until he retired from politics in 1977. Dame Norma Holyoake, assisted her husband, to carry out his vice-regal role as Governor General from 1977. In 1980, the year Sir Keith retired, he was appointed a Knight Companion of the Order of the Garter, the first New Zealander so honoured for New Zealand services. Norma Holyoake’s contribution to public service was recognised in the same year by her being made Dame Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George, and the New Zealand standing of both was acknowledged when they became companions of the Queen’s Service Order. Sir Keith also in 1977 was made a Knight of the Most Venerable Order of St John of Jerusalem, and his wife a companion of the order. Keith Holyoake died at Wellington Hospital on 8 December 1983; Dame Norma died in the same hospital 12 months later, on 18 December 1984, aged 75 years. She is buried in the Bolton Street Cemetery Wellington. They were survived by their five children.

Sources biography compiled from are:
http://www.webring.org/l/rd?ring=kiwigen;id=63;url=http%3A%2F%2Ffreepages%2Egenealogy%2Erootsweb%2Eancestry%2Ecom%2F%7Ekiwiadams%2F2%2F52983%2Ehtml
http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/biographies/5h33/holyoake-keith-jacka
http://boltoncemetery.org.nz/burial-list/detail/8674/
accessed 14.4.2015 A Wilkinson

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