Norma Johnson

In Memorial


Norma Carol Johnson, age 76 of Nags Head, North Carolina, went to be with the Lord on Monday, February 11, 2013. She was born to the late Louis and Virginia Parham on February 4, 1937.

Norma is survived by her daughters and their families: Shanda and Darren Bittick, Julie and Carson Bevan, Jennifer and John Lovell and Jenny Buffington. She had seven grandchildren who she adored: late Ryan Chase Snyder, Blake Snyder, Madison Snyder, Mekenzie Bevan, Brigette Bevan, Brooke Lovell, and John Lovell. She was lovingly called Marmsey or GrandMarmsey by family and friends.

Norma attended Lenoir-Rhyne University where she was crowned the sweetheart of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity and state ping-pong champion. She married her college sweetheart Robert S. Johnson, Jr in August of 1961.

Norma was able to stay at home with her children for a number of years and enjoyed her teaching the neighborhood children arts and crafts. In 1973, she went back to her profession of teaching Kindergarten at Cardinal Forest Elementary. As they were both school teachers, the family enjoyed summers camping and their house at the beach. They lived in Springfield, Virginia until retiring to Nags Head.

Norma and Bob Johnson were inseparable until his death in 2000. They had many great adventures fishing, boating, camping, cruising and dancing together. Every morning, she could be found drinking a cup of coffee and reading her Bible. She taught her family about God, love and set a Christian example. She was a member of Manteo Baptist Church. Norma was an accomplished artist and her walls are covered with her paintings and drawings. Everyone loved her dearly as she was always positive and uplifting to be around and there is no doubt that she is dancing in heaven with “Dadsey”.

The visitation is from 4:00 PM until 6:00 PM on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at the Twiford Funeral Home in Manteo, North Carolina. The funeral service and celebration of her life will be held on Sunday, February 17th at 2:00 PM at the Manteo Baptist Church. Reverend Ken Simpson will be officiating. The burial will be at Roanoke Island Memorial Park.

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  1. Linda and Wayne Dunn

    We’ll always remember Ms. Norma having
    a smile and encouraging word. We’re
    sorry for your loss.

  2. Frank and Alycia Knowlton

    I loved to hear your mother tell her stories. She was always friendly and enjoyed talking to people. We are thinking of you during this time.

  3. Priscilla Cahoon

    I loved talking to Ms. Norma at church, because she always had such an upbeat and loving attitude, even after her husband passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
    Priscilla and Jack Cahoon

  4. Peggy Parham and Chrispin Reyna

    Norma Norma Norma, our best friend and Peggy’s favorite sister in law, we will miss you and keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Loved our time in Vagas, Nagshead and our home. Love You!!

  5. Peggy Parham

    Norma and I had a lifetime of fun and the best of relationships that sister-in-laws could ever have. Our trips to Vegas, trips to each others house,and hours of phone calls. I know you are dancing in heaven. I miss you severly. My prayer is that I will see you again. Peggy

  6. Nina Parham Hammond

    My sweet Aunt Norma….my favorite fishing buddy….You will be so missed…your love your laugh….i miss you love nina

  7. Tessie Tillett

    Shanda, Julie, Jennifer, Jenny and family… Sending thoughts and prayers… I loved your Mom and enjoyed our times together… We shared many laughs on the bench in front of the video store… My deepest sympathy.

    Tess…Video Andy

  8. Elaine dougherty

    God bless you all. Norma was like sunshine in a room and even though I only knew her through art classes she left a spot in my heart. Always upbeat she will be missed

  9. Diane Goldsmith

    Your mother was a friend of mine. What a beautiful person she was. She always told me how much she missed your father. May it comfort you to know they are “together again.” She will be missed by all who knew her.

  10. William, Emily, Madi, and Adin Brown

    Shanda and family, You are in our thoughts and prayers. You are so special to our Church and our family. We love you!

  11. Jeff and Lisa Whitt

    We are so blessed to have known Mrs. Norma. She is now celebrating with her true love, Bob in heaven. We are lifting you and the family up in prayer during this difficult time.

  12. Jenny Buffington

    God Bless dear Marmsey, and the whole Johnson family, taking me in as one of their own so long ago. Marmsey, you showed this troubled kid a righteous path, the power of quiet strength, purity of heart, spirit of adventure and creativity. Through you I know there is peace. Love you, Jenny

  13. John and Margot Lovell

    Jennifer and family. We are so sorry that you have lost your mother. We so enjoyed spending time with her. She was always so kind and cheerful. We know what a sad time this is for you. You are all in our prayers and thoughts.

  14. Jean Cargal

    I remember Norma well as we taught together at Cardinal Forest El. Schl.,Springfield, Va. Many fond memeories and much laughter over those special years. Much love to Shandra, Julie and Jenny. With my deepest condolences, Jeannie Cargal

  15. Donna, Debbie David Hewat (Aileen's kids)

    We were very sad to learn of Norma’s passing. She was a kind and gentle soul who was always smiling and laughing. She will be missed by all who knew her.

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