BECKER, Norma Morales
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BECKER, Norma Morales
BECKER, Norma Morales
Norma Morales Becker, 87, of Marietta, Georgia, formerly of Merritt Island, Florida, passed away Monday, September 23, 2013 after a brief illness. Norma was born March 5, 1926 in New York, New York. She graduated from Industrial Art High School and Traphagen School of Design in New York City, where she studied art and fashion design. Norma was an early-adopter of new technology before the term even existed. She was the first person in the family to own a movie camera, video camera, desktop computer, laptop, notebook, and Kindle. Norma was hard-working. She delivered newspapers. She worked as an office manager, an airline reservations agent, and a Pinkerton detective, rooting out smuggling at LaGuardia Airport in New York. She and her brother Lou Morales drew strips and did hand lettering for comic books written by Stan Lee. She created hand-lettered window-sized ads for auto parts stores, hardware stores, building supply centers, and other businesses in the Merritt Island area. Norma loved people. Her husband Lawrence Becker’s 20 year Air Force career took their family to Alexandria Virgina, Upper Marlboro Maryland, Waipio Hawaii, Grand Forks North Dakota, and Satellite Beach Florida, where she hosted Bunko parties, birthday parties, card parties, and Halloween haunted houses. Norma was bi-lingual. She used her fluency in Spanish to help those who were new to our country feel at ease. Norma was resourceful. When her second hand two-door Packard sedan needed a paint job, she bought a can of blue enamel paint and painted it with a brush. It dried shiny and showroom new, with no brush marks. No one could believe she had painted it with a brush. One year when money was tight her youngest son Lou wanted a tricycle for his birthday. She bought the biggest second hand trike she could find, painted it yellow, and used a hand made stencil to paint the fenders with the hot new TV superhero logo - black Batman wings. It was the coolest ride in the neighborhood for the under-five population. Norma was meticulous. She created three libraries and cataloged thousands of books for the church library at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Marietta, and the Women’s Health Center Library and Girl Scout Resource Center at Riverpoint in Merritt Island. Later in life after being diagnosed with diabetes, she recorded her blood pressure and blood glucose twice a day in a small hand-lined notebook in precise, finely lettered print. At the Marietta office of her primary care physician, Dr. Steven Lenhard, she was known as “The Lady With the Notebook.” Norma was a teacher. She was known as Granny Bee at MILA Elementary school in Merritt Island, where she read books to kindergarteners. Through the Georgia Literacy Volunteer and Marietta Reads programs, she read to students who were English language learners at Powers Ferry and Dunleith Elementary Schools. Norma was an organizer. She directed Girl Scout day camps, conducted training sessions for new scout leaders, administered an English as a Second Language Program for adults, and coordinated registration for numerous Vacation Bible Schools. Norma loved to sew. She made all her children’s Halloween costumes. She designed and constructed realistic-shaped stuffed animals for her children and grandchildren. She bought a pattern book and made Cabbage Patch dolls several years before they became a national retail sensation, and gave them away as gifts to family and friends. She taught sewing classes at her grandchildren’s homeschool co-op, and made countless quilts for Quilts for Kids and Operation Linus. Norma loved the theater. While living in Merritt Island, she and her husband traveled frequently to Daytona Beach, Orlando, and Melbourne for off Broadway shows. She was a season ticket holder at Theatre in the Square in Marietta and Georgia Ensemble Theater in Roswell. The week before her death, her last night out with the girls included dinner at El Zarape, and a performance of “Almost Heaven - John Denver’s America.” Norma loved a cocktail. In the final years of her life, her son-in-law’s mother, Peggy Smith, joined her once a week in her home for happy hour. There was a special place in the door of the refrigerator for the jar of olives for Peggy’s martinis, and the jar of onions for Norma’s gibsons. Norma knew how to have fun in all circumstances. She was equally at ease in a fancy cocktail dress having drinks next to a table full of celebrities at the Copacabana nightclub in New York City—or roasting a hot dog on a stick over an open fire at a Girl Scout campout at Turtle River State Park in Arvilla, North Dakota. Norma loved her family. She was happiest when she was laughing and joking with her husband, children, grandchildren, and extended family. Norma was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Lawrence Becker, and her brother, Lou Morales. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Billy Smith of Marietta, Georgia, son Gene Becker of Crofton, Maryland, son and daughter-in-law Lou and Shari Becker of Grand Forks, North Dakota, and grandsons Carl Becker, Wilson Smith, and Nathan Smith. A memorial service will be held Friday, September 27 at 7:00 PM at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 2240 Shallowford Road, Marietta, Georgia 30066. The family will receive friends in the Fellowship Hall immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church. Online condolences may be expressed at:

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