By Wally Pearce
Winters Elder Day Council
Norma Lamb was born in Baltimore, Md. on Friday, May 29, 1931. Norma grew up with three older brothers whom she said were very protective of her when she was dating. Norma said she grew up in a neighborhood where everyone was very close. Everyone knew each other very well and called each other brother and sister.
Starting at the age of five, Norma began taking ballet and modern dance classes. Norma recalls that as a young schoolgirl, during WW2, families had to buy stamps for the war effort. She said she believes her mother to be the most influential person in her life, partially because her mother lived through the Depression, survived other difficulties, and held a strong family together.
One of the most profound aspects of Norma’s young life was when her cousin (who was a librarian) got her interested in books and introduced Norma to book reading. That experience allowed Norma to become an avid reader.
During her freshman year in college, Norma’s first date took her to the movies and her second date took her to dinner.
Norma attended Grinnell College in Iowa on a scholarship that paid for her tuition and much more. In fact, years later, Norma’s husband Cliff attended medical school at the same college. Norma’s major was English, and she completed a minor in Art.
After college, Norma taught Art for 12 years in Baltimore. Additionally, she taught art to other teachers’ students because she was very proficient in the field of and in many aspects of the art world. In the 1960s, Norma also designed many Kinetoscopes for various forms of art.
Norma was also the Playground Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Baltimore. She recalls that one day, while reading, a young man sat next to her and they started talking. That young man was Cliff, who later became her husband. A few years after Norma met Cliff, they married in 1960 while living in Baltimore. They have traveled to many wonderful places all over the world together.
In 1985, Norma and her family moved to Winters. Today, Norma and Cliff enjoy life as much as they can in their beautiful home and surroundings. Norma said her success in life is being the family’s matriarch. She has three children and five grandchildren.
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