Betty Thompson Norman of Lititz
Betty Thompson Norman died on November 20, 2016 at Moravian Manor, Lititz, PA, in the arms of her daughter, after a long affliction with Alzheimer’s disease. She was 90 years old. Betty was born in New Bern, NC to Dorothy and William H. Thompson, lived in Roper, NC and Lynchburg, VA with her beloved family including her late sister, Dorothy Jane Rea. She graduated from Randolph Macon College, Lynchburg, VA. She lived most of her adult life in Pennsylvania after meeting her late husband on a date in her hometown.
Betty was an active member of the Episcopalian church, serving as the Planned Giving Officer for the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania. She also wore numerous other hats in her lifetime from homemaker to physical therapy aid at both Chester County and Paoli Hospitals, tax preparer, seamstress selling her creations to children’s boutiques, driver/escort for the elderly, fundraiser, tour guide, and most of all a planner.
Betty also enjoyed counted cross stich needlepoint, vacationing at the family cabin in Pine Grove Furnace State Park, PA and Nags Head, NC where her southern and northern family would unite each summer. She is best known for her planning and leading tours of Switzerland for many small groups. During her lifetime she traveled to Switzerland more than 50 times. Betty was known for her creativity and resourcefulness. One of her more memorable feats was her 3 week escape from assisted living to Switzerland at age 82.
Betty was the widow of Rev. John R. Norman, Jr. and is survived by her son Paul Norman; daughter Joan Norman Vogel; and three grandchildren: David Norman, Alexander Norman, and Emily Vogel. She also has four nephews and three nieces.
Her family and friends will be celebrating her life on December 3, 2016 at 11:00 am at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1105 E. Lincoln Hwy, Exton, PA. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions in her memory be made to the Alzheimer’s Research Foundation (www.alzheimersresearchfoundation.com).