Noma Kay Hegseth, passed away peacefully with family by her side, on January 1, 2022, after a battle with Lewy Body Dementia. Noma was born in Weed, California to Everett and Dorothy Holeck. She was raised in the neighboring town of Mt. Shasta, with her brother Phillip and sister Robin. She was very active in the high school band playing the clarinet and participated in the Job’s Daughters organization. After graduating from Mt. Shasta High School, Noma went on to study at Chico State University. She later ended up in Sacramento, California where she received her degree from Heald Business College and met her husband David. As soon as they met, David was hypnotized by her beautiful smile and so began their life long love. After having two children, Chad and Megan, she moved back to Northern California and settled in Weed, where she and David would raise their family. She was very active in the family business, working many hours at J&J Clothing and eventually becoming the manager. After the closing of the store, Noma went on to follow her passion in the quilting world while still managing the many buildings the family owned in downtown Mount Shasta. She loved teaching the art of quilting that she learned from her grandmother Katie Ward and sharing everything she could about it with others. It was absolutely amazing to see the way that she could put color pallets together or how small and perfectly spaced her applique stitches were. Her work was stunning.
Beyond quilting, Noma loved reading, playing the piano and working in her gardens. She loved her animals, the mountain, and her home. Most of all she loved her family. Noma cherished large family gatherings and precious moments with each special member. She loved hosting family and friends for the 4th of July on her patio surrounded by beautiful gardens and decorating her home for Christmas with the grandkids.
Whether she was working on a cruise ship headed to Japan, taking tux measurements in her living room, or ripping out seams to make sure the points matched perfectly, Noma did it flawlessly and with a smile on her face. Noma loved her family and friends and welcomed all to her home with open arms. Her gentle touch, her kind words, her ever present smile, and her unwavering love was a gift to all. She will be so dearly missed.
Noma is survived by her husband David Hegseth, son Chad Hegseth, wife Leslie, and daughter Megan Janowicz; grandchildren Landon, Kaylie, Emma, and Parker.
Over the years Noma’s family has learned so much about the importance of early diagnosis of Lewy Body Dementia and hope to continue to support organizations who research this rapid degenerative disease, as Noma would have wished. In 2015, Noma joined a study through Sutter Memorial that aimed to learn more about this difficult and often misunderstood and misdiagnosed disease. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Noma’s name to continue this important work. Donations can be sent to Sutter Memorial Center Foundation, Nero/ Alzheimer’s Fund, P.O Box 160045, Sacramento, Ca 95816.
Posted online on January 22, 2022
Published in Mount Shasta Herald