Norma Cecile Newton, 88, of El Campo, passed away Thursday, June 13, 2019. She was born in El Campo on Aug. 28, 1930 to John Elmer and Selma Ellwood Bard. Norma married Forrest Fred Newton on March 9, 1949 and they celebrated their 70th anniversary this year.
Norma was a devoted wife, mother and co-worker in their family-owned grocery store, Newton’s Food Market. She had also been a telephone operator in their early years of marriage. After closing the grocery business Norma worked as a teller at New First Bank and at Priesmeyer Bookkeeping and Tax Service.
Norma was an active member of First Lutheran Church throughout her life. She served many years as a Sunday school teacher, different offices in the Lutheran Church Women and was the secretary for the Lutheran Church Memorial Fund.
She is survived by her daughters, Helen Johnson and husband Warren of El Campo and Gail Silliman and husband Bill of Ganado; grandchildren, Robert Schneider and wife Isela of La Porte, Karla Johnson of East Peoria, Ill., Case Silliman and wife Rachel of Ganado and four great-grandchildren, Avery, Carter and Landry Schneider and Millie Silliman. Norma is also survived by one sister, Lila Von Tres and numerous nieces and nephews.
Norma was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Forrest Newton; brothers, Donald and Dale Bard and grandson, Luke Johnson.
Visitation will be from 5 - 7 p.m. Monday, June 17 at Triska Funeral Home. A celebration of life service begins at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 18 at First Lutheran Church, 304 Oscar Street, El Campo, officiated by Pastor Clyde Grier.
Pallbearers will be Warren Johnson, Robert Schneider, Bill Silliman, Case Silliman, Karla Johnson and Carter Schneider. Honorary pallbearers will be Avery Schneider, Landry Schneider and Millie Silliman.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in memory of Norma may be made to First Lutheran Church or Houston Hospice - El Campo.
Condolences may be left for the family online at www.triskafuneralhome.com
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Triska Funeral Home, El Campo.