Norma Louise (Catlin) Brainard died peacefully surrounded by her family on March 3, 2014 at her home in Tucson, Arizona. She was 90 years young.|
Born in Cleveland, Ohio on May 5th, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Norma Louise and Edgar Alton Catlin. She graduated from St. Joseph's Academy, in Cleveland Ohio in 1941. She married Lt. Harold Vincent Brainard on September 3, 1941 in Fayetteville, North Carolina and they remained married until his death in May of 1988.
Norma was a homemaker until the 1970's when she accepted a position in fashion retail at The Princess Shop in Bel Air, Maryland. After 20 years in retail, she retired in 1993 as the General Manager of the Fashion Bug in Edgewood, Maryland.
During her lifetime she was a resident of Cleveland, Ohio; Littleton, Colorado; Bel Air, Maryland and most recently Frederick, Maryland. She moved to her daughter Judith's home in Tucson, Arizona in December of 2011 preferring the sunshine over the cold weather of the East Coast.
Aside from her family and career, Norma had many interests. She enjoyed travelling, gardening, reading, playing pinochle and crossword puzzles. Her greatest love was animals of all kinds. She was a lifetime member and donor to the ASPCA. She cared for three Doberman Pinschers in her lifetime ...Ruby, Shotzie and Zoey. She loved them dearly.
She was preceded in death by her husband Harold Vincent Brainard, her son David Harold Brainard and her sister Phyllis Rae Rademaker. She is survived by her children, Judith B. Hoagland of Tucson, Arizona, her son Philip J. Brainard of Aberdeen, Maryland and her daughter Kathleen Moreland of Frederick, Maryland and their families. She was a grandmother to nine and a great grandmother to 4. Norma lived a wonderful, full life and the family would like to send thanks and love to her caregivers Trudy, Maia and Tere.
Family and friends will honor Norma's life at the family owned Evans Funeral Chapel & Cremation Services – Bel Air 3, Newport Drive (Rts. 23 & 24 – Forest Hill) on Thursday, March 13, 2014 from 11-1 PM, with a brief memorial service beginning at 1 PM. Private interment will follow at Highview Memorial Gardens in Fallston, MD where she will be reunited with her husband Harold. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, www.aspca.org .
Published Online in The Frederick News-Post on Mar. 7, 2014
Published in Print in The Frederick News-Post on Mar. 7, 2014