#WHYoming: Norma Jean Peters

#WHYoming: Norma Jean Peters


Welcome to our series, #WHYoming, brought to you in partnership by Kaumo Law.

We are highlighting people from around our communities and asking them a few questions. We want to learn a little about them and see why they chose this great state to raise their families, start their businesses, or simply to ask — Why Wyoming?

This week, I had a chance to sit down with Norma Jean Peters, the well-known and loved cocktail waitress at the Saddle Lite Saloon on Elk Street in Rock Springs. Throughout my ventures into local businesses, never have I met a more-loved local icon. Bar patrons rave about Norma.

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Norma, how did you end up in Rock Springs?

I was born in Rock Springs, so I’ve lived here all my life. I will be 89, July the 5th. We usually go to the lake, my family and I. I have four children.


Norma, how did you end up at the Saddle Lite Saloon?

Well, I had to raise four kids, so I had to work two jobs for 17 years. I was a receptionist and I didn’t make enough money, and I started cock-tailing. And that’s where I started. I’ve been at the Saddle Lite 29 years. I worked at the Outlaw five years and the Casbaw seven years, cock-tailing. I’ve been cock-tailing 40 years.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_text_separator title=”Norma’s Favorite Cocktail” i_icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-glass” i_color=”juicy_pink” color=”pink” style=”dashed” border_width=”2″ add_icon=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]

Strawberry Shortcake

  • Tequila Rose
  • Hot Damn (Cinnamon Liquor)
  • Half and Half (creamer)

Shake and serve with a straw over ice.

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What is something unique about you?

I don’t know, I love to work. I love to go camping with my family, that’s about it.


What do you appreciate most about our community?

I don’t know it’s friendly, it’s nice; a nice place to live.


If you could give one brief piece of advice, what would it be?

I don’t know. I’ve had a good attitude and I’ve worked hard, so I think that’s a good piece of advice. Because I did it and I’ve done real well with it.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”203122″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Where is your favorite place to hang out in Sweetwater County?

I just stay home, I work here all the time. I like to go down to the Gorge, camp there. And I like workin’.


Would you rather walk, ride a bike, take a horse or drive a car?

Drive a car, it’s easier.


What would you sing at karaoke night?

Oh I don’t sing, I got a terrible voice. George Straight, “I Want To Dance With You”


How would your friends describe you?

I have no idea. I get along good with everybody.

Patrons at the bar who’ve known her for years said she’s, “hard-working, independent, caring.”

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What is your proudest accomplishment?

Raising my four kids, and they did real well. Because, it’s hard work and it’s a lot of fun. They’ve done real well with it, so it made me feel good.


Who would you want to play you in a movie about your life?

Elizabeth Taylor. I don’t know, she was so beautiful and could act real well. I just liked her.


Why do you continue to live in Wyoming?

Well, there’s a lot of good people. I’ve met a lot of fine people here. I have good bosses, I have fine people that I’ve met, so I like to live here because people are great. And my bosses are outstanding.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”203115″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text].


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