Adelia Wilbur (Norman) Godfrey, 90, of Southington died peacefully March 10, 2011, at West Hartford Rehab Center.
Adelia, better known as Dee, was born Oct. 28, 1920, in New Haven, the daughter of the late Wardell and Mary (Smith) Wilbur. She lived with her parents and grandparents in the Chauffeurs Gate House at Brewster's Estate (now Eagerton Park, New Haven). She and her first husband, Raymond, settled to raise their family in Southington in the early 40's. She lived a very active life. Besides being the mother of nine children, she worked in the retail industry as well as manufacturing until she retired from Allied Control in Marion. She enjoyed volunteering her time as a lifetime member of the American Legion Post 72 where she served for more than 59 years. She held the position as the Women's Auxiliary Past District and Unit president several times. She was also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post Auxiliary 511 and Chapeau of Salon 566 as well as volunteered more than 8,750 hours of her time at the Veterans hospital in Newington as the Disabled American Veterans district representative. She was very proud of the military service of both her husbands, as well as her four sons, daughter-in-law and grandchildren. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting and other crafts, and she also loved to camp and travel. She leaves her family and friends with many wonderful memories.
She is survived by six children, James Norman, of Rocky Hill, Larry Norman, of Niles, Mich., Edward Norman, of Southington, and Nelson Norman, of Covington Ga., Susanann Norman, of Torrington, and Kelly (Norman) Christiansen, of Olive Branch, Miss., and their spouses who have blessed her with 20 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her two husbands, Raymond Norman and Ernest Godfrey; two sons, Philip Norman and Daniel Norman; her daughter, Sandra Lee (Norman) Pelletier; her brother, Weldon Wilbur; and her sisters, Elberta (Marinoff) Watrous and Jean Kettle.
A funeral service will be held Saturday, March 19, 2011, at 10:30 a.m., at Plantsville Funeral Home, 975 S. Main St., Plantsville. Burial will follow in St. Thomas Cemetery, Southington. Calling hours will be held on Friday, March 18, 2011, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to the
, Centralized Memorial Processing Center, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.
Published in Southington Citizen from Mar. 18 to Mar. 19, 2011