Normanda Jane Scott Huffman died peacefully at her home on North Main Street Tuesday morning, July 24, 2012. She was 93 years old. The daughter of Emmett Elmer Scott and Clara Ardena Reynard Scott, she was born June 11, 1919 in Elston, Missouri. Normanda had one sibling, a younger brother, Elmer Reynard Scott (deceased), who was born there as well. The family moved to Fort Myers, Florida, when she was three years old, and she grew up there and loved Fort Myers and Florida the rest of her life.
During World War II Normanda worked as social director of the Servicemen's Club, planning and organizing various activities for the enlisted men stationed at Fort Myers. It was at one of these functions that she met the love of her life, Edward Cortner Huffman. He was a great dancer and bridge player (important criteria as she loved to do both and did them well) and possessed many other positive attributes. They married June 1, 1944. Immediately after the war the young couple moved to Shelbyville and lived in the house at 734 North Main Street where Edward was born and raised. She lived in the same home until her death, as did he.
"Miss Normanda," as she was known to many, possessed many talents, but her priorities were her family, her faith, her friends, and service to her community. Always supportive of her husband during his long banking career, she was the consummate hostess and business partner. Possessing the gift of hospitality, they were a powerful team, and she was a large part of the growth and success of First National Bank in the community.
Normanda was a gifted planner, organizer, teacher and cook, and she put those talents to good use at home as well as at her beloved First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Her involvement with the Disciples of Christ did not stop at the local level. Her engaging smile, strong and winsome personality, and influence will be missed at the state and national level as well.
She never met anyone who was a stranger for long. A gifted conversationalist, Normanda drew everyone out because she was truly interested in others and wanted to know about their families and their interests, and she really listened and remembered what she was told. She loved to travel and to take pictures, and also took great pleasure in seeing the pictures of her friends. It took a long time to show them to her however, because she had a curious mind and asked lots of questions. Many will miss being able to share their pictures and experiences with her.
"Miss Normanda" was a true servant and loyal friend to many. She never ceased to help those in times of need, whether it meant driving friends to the doctor or fixing a delicious meal -- she was there. She loved being involved with the Meals on Wheels program and looked forward to visiting those who were shut-in. Consequently, she deeply appreciated the outpouring of love and kindness from so may of you during her extended illness.
Predeceased by her husband Edward on January 15, 2011, she is survived by her three children, Sarah Ardena (Sally D.) Huffman Hunt of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Edward C. (Bucker) Huffman, Jr. and wife Rita Ann of Shelbyville, and Joshua E. (Josh) Huffman and wife Janice of Dallas, Texas, nine grandchildren and twenty-three great-grandchildren. She lived a wonderful and unselfish life. She was dearly loved and will be deeply missed.
Visitation will be held Sunday, July 29th from 4-7 p.m. at First Christian Church, and her funeral service will be Monday, July 30th at 11 a.m., also at First Christian Church, with burial to follow at Willow Mount Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be sent to First Christian Church, the Child Development Center, Good Samaritan Center or Argie Cooper Public Library.
Feldhaus Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.