Norma O’Sullivan Chaffos, age 93, passed away peacefully on June 21, 2023. She was born in Phoenix, Arizona, the daughter of Stella Rhodes and Charles T. O’ Sullivan. She graduated from South High School. She married Nick C. Chaffos in 1952 and they had four loving children. She is survived by her children Christine Dunn, Steven, Patrick (Susana Silva); daughter-in-law Kelly; sisters Patricia Hall and Pam Gardner; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by Stella (mother), Charles (father), Mike (son), Charles Jr. (brother) and the love of her life Nick (husband).
She loved the world of fashion, being a teacher at the School of Culture, where she was a young girl finishing school. There she taught classes in etiquette, fashion, public speaking, figure contouring, modeling, cosmetology, balance and coordination, art, literature, fencing, French, etc. She worked in the modeling agency called Model’s Guild, she worked with advertisers, fashion editors, photographers. , film companies, newspaper companies and television stations. She planned fundraisers and fashion shows for local clubs and organizations. She was also a stunning model.
One of her greatest passions was politics and she volunteered for many years. Some of the positions she held were State Vice President of the Young Republicans; Legislative President of Districts 14 and 15; Legislative Vice Chair of Districts 7 and 13. She was a proud member of the County and State Central Committees, Platform and Election Committees, Utah Federation of Republican Women, and the Republican Forum Study Committee. As part of her duties as Secretary of the Commissioner’s Office, she attended numerous conferences in Washington D.C and Nebraska. She who included women’s conferences, Regional Federation conferences and also attended the 1960 Republican National Convention. She It is a great achievement to be the state co-chair of the Pat Nixon “Pat for the First Lady” committee. One of her favorite memories was meeting Presidents Nixon, Ford and Reagan. She enjoyed her 10 years working for city and county government.
She also served as coordinator of the International Women’s Conference and the International Conference of Chiefs. She loved supporting the Young People’s Pioneer Theatre. She was an Adult Education Advisor at the National PTA. She co-produced the original Light and Sound show at Green River (Canyons Lands by Night). Later in her career she became a successful real estate agent.
She loved music, the arts, traveling, shopping and sharing her stories!
The family would like to give a special thanks to Abbington Senior Living of Murray and Canyon Hospice, for taking such loving care of our mother. Along with Starks Funeral Parlor for her support.