published: Friday, March 29, 2013
Elizabeth Ann Norman, better known as 'The Hat Lady', passed peacefully on Sunday, March 17, 2013 after a long hospital stay. "Beth'", a fifth generation Floridian, was born in Miami, Fla. on March 14, 1925, went to Miami High, married in 1943, and moved from Hialeah with her late husband, Claude S. Norman, to Lake Placid. After his passing, she moved to Sebring, making it her permanent home. She stayed active in both Sebring and Lake Placid, being a member of numerous organizations, i.e., Highlands Little Theater, garden clubs and historical societies of both Sebring and Lake Placid, and too many others to mention. Beth was a familiar voice on local radio station with Barry Foster, and well known for her generosity and the joy she shared with her 'hat skits' for many organizations, churches and residential facilities.
She is survived by her daughter, Claudia N. Baldwin; her son-in-law, Dennis O. Mead (widower of her youngest daughter, Faustina Mead); grandson, Thomas J. Hyle Jr.; granddaughter, Justine H. Maver; granddaughter, Julia K. Ardino; and granddaughter, Jennifer S. Deyarmin (Indiana); granson, Dr. Russell E. Mead (Michigan); and grandson, Curtis R. Mead; five great-grandchildren in Florida, three great-grandchildren in Michigan, two great-grandchldren, plus one great-great-grandson in Indiana, numerous nieces and nephews, and her 'adopted daughters', Sandra D. Hyle and Diane E. Mason, all in Florida.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in her name to New Hope Elder Care Services in Sebring, or the March of Dimes. She will be missed by many, especially by her family, which she adored. Her 'Celebration of Life' will be held on April 13, 2013 at 2 p.m. at the Church of the Brethren, 700 S. Pine St., Sebring.
Beth Norman (by: Shannon Crabtree - 4/2/2013)
This was my dear sweet Aunt Beth, she was loved by everyone who ever met her, which is not something you can say about many people, she will be missed on this earth by many people and me especially. Love always Aunt Beth.
such a special lady (by: jeri slaybaugh - 4/1/2013)
Always a smile, always a hat... (guessing most people have never seen the top of her head!) She touched this community in so many ways, energy that amazed those of us a bit younger. Heaven now has this "angel."
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