Hi John, was Norma's husband Chester O. Severson? A Chester O. Severson b. abt. 1916, d. 23 March 1976, Bellingham, Residence=Bellingham, Age=60 per death cert 007767. Source: WA Death Index.
There are two sources for obits in Whatcom Co. You can support the local genealogy society, Whatcom Genealogy Society, http://members.aol.com/whatcom59/wgs.htmlhttp://members.aol.com/whatcom59/wgs.html or contact the Washington State Library.
The Washington State Library, http://www.secstate.wa.gov/library/ask.aspxhttp://www.secstate.wa.gov/library/ask.aspx ,will search the newspaper microfilm for 60 minutes at no charge. They will reply with what they do or don't find. Successful Searching!