March 15, 1925-March 6, 2005

PENDLETON - Recitation of the rosary for Norma Jean Tullis will be 7 p.m., Thursday, March 10, in the chapel at Burns Mortuary of Pendleton. The funeral for Mrs. Tullis will be 11 a.m. Friday, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Pendleton. Private family interment will be later at Olney Cemetery.

Mrs. Tullis, 79, of Pendleton, died Sunday, March 6, 2005, at St. Anthony Hospital.

She was born March 15, 1925, at Bend to Emmett John and Dolly Opal Molitor. She moved to Pendleton with her family in 1939 from Portland and graduated from Pendleton High School in 1943. She and her husband, Tom, were high school sweethearts and were married at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Pendleton in 1946.

Mrs. Tullis worked at First National Bank in Pendleton in various positions for several years. She left banking in 1954, devoting the majority of her time to raising a family of four children and helping her husband, Tom, run the family business, Tullis Office Supply, which they operated for more than 30 years.

In 1970 they also purchased Larson Printing Company in Pendleton and Mrs. Tullis operated the business for three years while her children were in their teens. She returned to banking in 1973 helping to start Pendleton Banking Company. When she returned to banking she took accounting and business law classes at BMCC. In the evening she would study at the kitchen table with her children. She actually started her new banking career wearing a full leg cast, the result of a ski accident. She later opened and managed the Melanie Square Branch and retired in 1986 as a vice president and loan officer for Inland Empire Bank in Pendleton.

She graduated in the founding class at Northwest Intermediate Banking School. She was a member of Credit Women International and Altrusa for 25 years and was a Certified Consumer Credit Executive.

She was chairman of the Blue Mountain area for the National Association of Banking Women's Oregon chapter and the first state educational and training chairman. She was active in the Chamber of Commerce and served many years on the Blue Mountain Community College business advisory committee and served six years on the City of Pendleton budget committee.

After retirement the Tullises enjoyed golf, traveling and spending time with their children and grandchildren. They enjoyed vacationing in Arizona and Hawaii and spending time with friends.

Mrs. Tullis had been a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church since coming to Pendleton.

She was said to be a devoted mother and wife and always put her children and family first.

She was preceded in death by her parents, by a brother, Bud Molitor, and two sons.

Survivors include her husband and best friend of 65 years, Tom Tullis, sons, Scott Tullis and wife, Sharon, of Hermiston, Kirk Tullis and wife, Roberta, of Pendleton, Craig Tullis and wife, Danita, of Selah, Wash., and daughter, Paula Oakes of Eugene; seven grandchildren and one great grandson.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of choice.

Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements.

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