ROMERO, Norma M., a popular Tampa Bay nightclub and radio voice of the 1940s & 50s has died at age 90. Norma passed away on September 24th, 2013. Her life began in Tampa as she was born to the late Jose & Maria Martinez in Tampa, FL on March 16th, 1923. She graduated from Hillsborough High School in 1941. With beauty, grace and an extraordinary voice, Norma entertained Tampa for many years. She began singing professionally for WFLA radio broadcast at age 16 and was featured on the Wednesday night program, Rhythm Serenade. She was perhaps best known as the vocalist for The Emil Glen Trio. The Trio performed 3 nights a week at various Tampa venues including: The Islands club of Davis Island, The Sapphire Room at the Hotel Floridan, Moulin Rouge, Red Mill on Platt Street, Hotel Thomas Jefferson and the Driftwood Supper Club. When Norma was not with the Trio, her days were spent as a cosmetologist. She continued taking care of her loyal clients until her late 80's. Norma truly loved her community, but her greatest passion was her family. She did everything she could from making dresses for the formal, ninja costumes for Halloween or shuttling kids to baseball practice, Norma adored her children & grand-children. Through this week, her house was filled with laughter, great food and the people she held dearest. Although, her family will forever attempt to make the Christmas Pork, it will never be quite the same without her. Norma is now resting in peace as she is reunited with her grand-daughter, Linsey Brown, who passed away in 2010. Her spirit is carried on by her two daughters: Cynthia Murphy & Stacy Valdivia, her sister Sylvia Kerr, 7 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, & 5 great-great-grandchildren. A memorial gathering will take place on Sunday, October 6, 2013 from 5 to 7PM with memorial service beginning at 7PM at Gonzalez Funeral Home. Â®
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Published in TBO.com on Sept. 29, 2013