Obituary of Norma J. Studley
Norma J. (Thompson) Studley, a loving Mother, machinist, and competitive roller-skater passed away after an extended illness at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers on Saturday, October 14, 2023. She was 93 years old. Norma was born and raised in Brookline. She was the daughter of Samuel Archibald Thompson and Myrtle (Currie) Thompson. She was a graduate of Brookline High School. She married Arthur J.P. Studley in 1952, and the couple settled in Woburn in 1965. She worked as a machinist at Wells Machine Company in Woburn for well over 20 years. In an industry dominated by men, Norma could easily hold her own and even surpass her male contemporaries. Much of the work Wells did was for the Defense industry with Raytheon being their biggest client. Norma retired at the age of 62.
Norma was a woman of strength and agility. She was an avid roller skater well into her 60’s. She competed in the Figures Roller Skating and competed all over New England. She often was on the podium in the Esquire and Masters Divisions. It was a sport and passion she shared with her daughter, Joan. They would train and go to competitions together. It kept her young, she loved the comradery shared with other skaters, and loved the thrill of competing. She also loved to dance, which was a passion she shared with her husband, Arthur. She was a longtime diehard Boston Red Sox fan. But, she could never forgive the Red Sox organization when they traded Mookie Betts. She also liked to keep busy by knitting and crocheting. Her family were the recipients of her hand made baby outfits, sweaters, hats, mittens, and afghans that she loving made for them. As she slowed down, she turned to reading. She could easily read 12 to 15 books a month with James Patterson being one of her favorite authors. Norma will be remembered as an independent woman who had a fun and pleasant way to her, was bit of a jokester, and loved her family deeply.
Norma was the beloved wife of the late Arthur J. P. Studley. She was the loving mother of Arthur “Chip” Studley, Jr. & his wife Dawn of Wimauma, FL, Joan Federico of N. Billerica, and the late Richard Stewart. She was predeceased by her siblings; Christina Cooper, Mildred McGuigan, Thelma Cooper, and Ethel Cooper. She was the grandmother of Chip Studley & his wife Sara, Michael Federico, Anthony Federico & his fiancée Stephanie Champoux, Nicholas Federico, Michael Harris & his wife Darcie, and Crystal Harris. She was the proud great grandmother of Emerson Studley, Kaylin Studley, Nolen Harris, Skylar Harris, Ciara Harris, Rylan Harris, and Asher Harris.
Visiting hours will be held at the Edward V. Sullivan Funeral Home on Saturday, October 21 from noon - 2.pm and will conclude with a funeral home service at 2pm. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited.
For online guestbook and video tribute see www.sullivanfuneralhome.net
Edward V. Sullivan
43 Winn Street
Burlington, MA 01803
Ph: (781) 272-0050