Norma Felshaw-Patmore was surrounded by family on Wednesday, May 21, 2014, as she entered her eternal rest.
Norma and her late husband, Mr. Harold Felshaw, moved to Carrabelle Beach in 1969. Norma worked for Dr. Sands, as an office manager for approximately 20 years. Ms. Norma volunteered so much of her time while her girls were students of Carrabelle High School; she once was given a "Perfect Attendance Award" by the staff of CHS.
There have been so many lives she has touched in a positive way. Her infectious smile could literally make a difference in your day and she was a person who could laugh at herself. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, who all knew the topic of food was bound to come up.
Norma would sit and watch the beach for hours as she painted. She felt blessed to have her paintings used as a logo for the Florida Seafood Festival, hung in the State Capitol, and in various other places. Norma got the most joy when giving her art to people she cherished. Norma was a member of the Carrabelle United Methodist Church, sang in the choir and assisted with the designing of the stain glass windows.
She wasn't a grandmother that brought her grandchildren into the kitchen to bake cookies. Instead, they were handed a sketch pad and a pencil or a paintbrush and paint book. Visits to Carrabelle always involved walks down the beach collecting shells and driftwood. Swimming would include diving for sand dollars, she loved showing them the cross, then white doves from the center of a sand dollar, others were left in the sun to dry out, she would use the sand dollars as a canvas to paint a picture of the same area they came from.
After her move to Jacksonville, each year she attended Disney on Ice, with her daughter, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, which she enjoyed as much as they did. Several years she went to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas at Disney World, where she became seven years old again. Each October she attended the annual Southern Women's Show, where of course she spent most of her time at the food sampling booths. Her family is certain her love of food had a lot to do with her saying, Christmas had become to commercialized, other than for the children, gifts for her closest friends and family needed to be "homemade," not bought.
She also loved to travel, after going throughout the United States and Canada. Her last trip was with her brother, Frank Brownell, to his wife Annie's homeland in the Philippines. During their two-month trip she also went to Hong Kong.
Along with her brother, she leaves behind her husband, Lou; three daughters Cindy Beck (Bill) of Jacksonville, Sheri Keith and Lisa Hartsfield Bartholf (Danny), of Tallahassee; stepson Harold Felshaw Jr. (Norma), Orlando; seven grandchildren: Jason, Amie, Ryan, Christyn, Aubrey, James Lee and Leslie; and nine great-grandchildren.
There will be an informal gathering for friends with family on Saturday, June 7 at 2 p.m. at Carrabelle United Methodist Church.