Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Norma Inez (Varner) Hilton passed away December 13, 2007, at the age of 95 years young. She was born at Washburn, Missouri, March 25, 1912, to Gertrude (Thomas) and Moulton Varner.

Linda Woolstenhulme, her youngest of four daughters, her parents, 4 Brothers, 4 Sisters and 3 Husbands, Major Scott, Ivan Rowley and Dale Hilton, preceded her in death. 3 Daughters, Barbara Smith of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Ivanell Meek and husband Max of Norman, Oklahoma and Fran Batson of Sarcoxie, Missouri, survive her. A sister, Ann Stewart, California, also survives her. Norma had 23 Grandchildren, 38 Great-Grandchildren and 8 Great-Great Grandchildren.

Norma retired on December 15, 1984 after 18 years of caring service as a Nurses Aide at the Hospital in Aurora, Missouri. She was known as the "JELLY LADY" of Aurora as she made hundreds of jars of homemade jelly, mostly from Elderberries, which she picked herself. She gave her wonderful Jelly to everyone she came in contact with. She gave so much away that her husband Dale Hilton, (whom she married in 1987) asked if they could please keep some for him to eat.

Norma was the most loving and giving person anyone has ever known. When she had nothing more to give in a worldly sense, she still gave her beautiful smiles and compliments. She loved God's children and especially the babies. She never judged people on their outward looks but rather looked for the beauty inside. She tried to see good in everyone and love them just the way they were. She loved the Lord and was blessed with a talent for the piano that could only have come from her Lord. She could play (by ear) any spiritual song that she had ever heard. If she had not heard it, she could hear it once and play it. Her Grandson once tried to trick her and started naming the songs in an old hymnal one page at a time. She knew them all.

After a stroke, she made up a joke about her name. She said her name was Normal until they dropped off the L. She also would laughingly tell you that she was a Hilton, but not the rich Hiltons. What a pure and unselfish person she was. How blessed we, her family, have been, to be able to have her here for 95 years.

Her body will be returned from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, where she has been since 2001 and will be laid to rest next to her husband Dale Hilton, in the Maple Park Cemetery. Her soul is at rest and she now lives in Heaven wrapped in the arms of the Lord.

Visitation will be at Crafton Cantrell Funeral Home in Aurora, Missouri, between 10:30 and 11:30 AM on Wednesday, December 19.

A short service will be held at Crafton Cantrell Funeral on Wednesday, December 19 at 11:30 A.M. A brief graveside service will be held at the Maple Park Cemetery after the service.

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