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Norma J. Nesbitt

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Norma J. Nesbitt Obituary
NORMA J. NESBITT, n‚e Slater, passed away peacefully on July 3, 2015 in Redlands, California at the age of 84 years old. Norma was born on November 21, 1930 in Toledo, Ohio to Otto K. Slater and Agnes R. Slater, n‚e Tate. The oldest of four children, Norma is survived by her sister Frances Ackles and brother Sigfried Slater and preceded in death by her sister Ann Nichols Raised in Akron, Ohio, Norma was elected homecoming queen of her high school class and attended the University of Akron, where she was a member of the Phi Mu sorority and the panhellenic council. Norma graduated from the University of Akron in 1952 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Education. Norma moved to Redlands in 1963, where she resided for 52 years until her passing. In Redlands, Norma was a beloved community member; she was an active participant in such organizations as the Red Hatters Society, the Footlighters Telephone Tree, the American Association of University Women (AAUW), and the Redlands Country Club. During her 52 years in Redlands, Norma actively worked to better the community that she loved. For 32 years, from 1970 to 2002, Norma worked as an educator for children with special needs at the Sunshine School in Riverside, California. At Sunshine, Norma tirelessly worked for the betterment of her students; one of her proudest accomplishments was having two former students graduate from local community colleges. Norma's strive for betterment was not limited to the community and her students, while working at Sunshine, Norma attended the evening graduate program at the University of California Riverside, where she earned her Master's Degree in Special Education. At Sunshine, Norma left an indelible legacy, beloved by her colleagues, her students, and their parents, her legacy will be continued with the Norma Nesbitt Sunshine Memorial Fund. Retirement did not stop Norma from actively contributing to the Redlands society; she worked as a volunteer at the Redlands Community Hospital for seven years, where she worked at the main information desk. In addition, Norma was a longtime supporter of the Redlands Bowl, where she served as a major donor for over 10 years and sponsored a yearly event; her final sponsored event will occur on Friday, July 10, 2015 at 8:15pm. In her teaching and her life, Norma lived by the mantra "make it a great day." In following this mantra, Norma always looked for the best in people and will be remembered by many as a compassionate and caring woman. Strongly independent, spunky, and charismatic, Norma will be remembered for her spirit and the way she lit up a room. Norma is survived by her three children: Vicki Daniels of Carmel, Indiana; David Daniels of Schertz, Texas; and Quentin Daniels of Cherry Hill, New Jersey; her six grandchildren; and her two great grandchildren. There will be a viewing for Norma on Monday, July 13th at Cortner Chapel in Redlands from 4-8pm. Services will be held at 10 am on July 14th at Trinity Episcopal Church in Redlands, where she was a member for over 40 years, with a reception to follow at the Redlands Country Club. Norma will be interred in a private ceremony at the Riverside National Cemetery with her husband, Walter H. Nesbitt. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Norma Nesbitt Sunshine Memorial Fund at the following address: Sunshine Early Childhood Center, Norma Nesbitt Sunshine Memorial Fund, 9390 California Ave., Riverside, CA 92503. Please visit: www.cortnerchapel.com

Published in Press-Enterprise on July 9, 2015
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