Obituary of Norma Elia Garcia Barbosa
Norma García Barbosa, 53, a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend died on Tuesday, September 29, 2020. She was born November 25, 1966, in Montemorelos, Nuevo León, Mexico, to Oscar and Alicia García. Norma was raised in the United States with her family who eventually settled in Rupert, Idaho.
She graduated from Minidoka County High School, and soon after moved to Nampa, Idaho, where she met and fell in love with her husband, René Barbosa. There is nobody on the planet who honored and respected Norma more than René. Together, they went on to raise two remarkable young women, Victoria and Vanessa, both of whom inherited their mother’s love of life and amazing sense of humor.
Norma always exhibited an entrepreneurial spirit. In 1992, early in her professional career, she bought a Westaff franchise, and became one of the youngest owners in the company. Her independence and business spirit eventually led her to becoming a beloved local realtor. For the last 15 years, she has been helping people find new homes throughout the Treasure Valley area. Norma loved her customers and genuinely shared in the joy of helping them find a new place to call home.
Norma recently built her own new dream home in Canyon County’s beautiful Sunny Slope area. She was surrounded by vineyards and orchards and views that she cherished and appreciated every day.
A 1904 essay by Bessie Anderson Stanley resulted in the popular phrase “live, laugh, love” that today is a ubiquitous message for us all. Norma epitomized that popular message. If you were lucky enough to be a part of her life, you can attest to the fact that to know her truly was to love her and to be touched by her infectious welcoming energy. Her mere presence in a room was a guarantee that there would be music, candles would be lit, there would be fun and there would always, always, be laughter.
Norma had the unique ability to pull people into her family orbit. These friends who she transformed into family (our “framily”) are too numerous to mention, but they truly brought so much joy and love to her and to our entire family.
Norma is survived by her husband, René; daughters, Victoria and Vanessa; “grand-dogger”, Sadie; parents, Oscar and Alicia García; siblings: Armando García, Julio (Edith Herrera) García and Elizabeth (Rob Greenburg) García. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends who will forever cherish and adore her. Norma is preceded in death by her brother, Oscar and her sister, Martha.
Norma was a woman of faith and even in her final hours was steadfast in her belief that no matter what happened, she was going to be okay. She was not scared of what comes next. She was strong and she was brave. And while one of our mortal world’s brightest stars has faded from our view, the heavens now shine brighter. Heaven is also now, without a doubt, a more fun and entertaining place with Norma having joined her siblings, Oscar and Martha.
Arrangements are under the care of Flahiff Funeral Chapel, Caldwell. (208) 459-0833To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Norma Garcia Barbosa, please visit Tribute Store