Nora Adeline Costin


February 8, 2023

Our dear mother, Nora Adeline (Faraasen) Costin passed away peacefully into the presence of our Lord on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023, at the age of 90 years from recurrent breast cancer. She was a wonderful mother and wife who was always loving and kind to all who knew her.

No service is planned. A private burial in Hinsdale, Mont., will be determined at a later date.

Nora was born Aug. 26, 1932, in Hinsdale, Mont., to Axel and Maghnild Faraasen, the fifth of six children. She is predeceased by her husband, Ken, parents Axel and Maghnild, stepmother Alma (English) Faraasen, brothers Arvid Faraasen and Howard Faraasen, and sisters Sara Isaac and Marcella Grant. She is survived by her sister, Ruby Gleason.

Nora grew up in the Depression Era on a farm during The Homestead Act years. She overcame many hardships of farm life. As a young girl, she helped hitch horses for the day's work. She was credited for saving the lives of her family during an especially cold winter night. She awakened with a severe headache and could not arouse Ruby sleeping next to her. She crawled down the stairs to awaken Axel, who realizing the situation, scrambled the family out into the night to breathe fresh air. An ice cap had built around the chimney and imperiled the family with carbon monoxide poisoning. The next morning everyone got up and attended to the farm's chores. No time for reflection.

Nora first met Ken Costin from a neighboring farm when she was six years old. Later in high school, he became the love of her life (her 'ideal' as it was called). She was a Raiderette cheerleader, cheering especially for team captain Ken out on the gridiron. Upon discharge from the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne, Ken returned home to marry Nora in December 1953. They were blessed with two children, a son Mitch Costin, and a daughter Carmen Matzick. She was a grandmother to five children and great-grandmother to 12.

Nora excelled in her studies and graduated as Salutatorian in her class of six graduates at Hinsdale High School. She mastered the skills of shorthand, and typing (on an Underwood!), and worked as a secretary at the State Capitol. She later worked for many years at Argonaut Insurance in Boise, Idaho, and made many lifelong friends. She then worked at several doctors' offices before retirement. Her retirement years were lived in Hermiston, Ore. She was very attached to her wonderful '13th Place' friends.


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