Norma Lee Stapleton, of Venice, Fla., passed from this life Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014.
Norma was born Jan. 11, 1935, in East St. Louis, Ill., to Norman Bert Feezor and Anna Lee McMillan. Norma grew up in Ysleta, Texas, and graduated from Greenville High School in Greenville, Texas, in 1953. She married James M. Stapleton Jr. of Greenville, Texas, July 9, 1954.
She was preceded in death by her husband; brother, Elbert Hubbard Feezor, of Greenville, Texas; and sister, Loraine Osborne, of Los Angeles, Calif.
She is survived by her two sons, Dr. James Mark Stapleton, Ph.D., of Athens, Ala., and Norman Randall Stapleton of Birmingham, Ala.; her sister-in-law, Billy Feezor, of Greenville, Texas; her daughter-in-law, Pamela Clark Stapleton of Athens, Ala.; and one grandson, Jackson MacMillan Stapleton of Athens, Ala.
In 1973, Norma and James moved to Annapolis, Md., where they raised their family in the community of Bay Ridge. Norma was passionate about education and encouraged her sons to achieve advanced degrees in engineering, business and liberal arts. Her grandson, Jackson, is an honors student, band member and member of the Boy Scouts of America.
Norma touched many lives, as evidenced by her many pursuits and interests.
Norma became involved in politics as a fundraiser and campaign adviser to various political campaigns that supported family, child and anti-drug issues, including the Honorable Congresswoman Marjorie Holt of Maryland’s 4th Congressional District.
In 1983, Norma was a member of the city of Annapolis Anti-Drug Task Force that created legislation banning the sale and distribution of drug paraphernalia. Norma also supported various causes against child abuse, and helped to establish an early education program for Cambodian children who escaped the Killing Fields and immigrated to the Annapolis area.
In 1999, Norma retired from the Office of Planning and Zoning for the city of Annapolis. At her retirement ceremony, the mayor pronounced her Ms. Annapolis for her many contributions to the goodwill and spirit of the city.
In 2005, she received a special one-year appointment as Administrator for Elections for the city of Annapolis to oversee the 2006 election cycle.
A long time resident of Annapolis, Md., Norma considered Venice, Fla., her home after moving to the city in 2001. She will most be remembered for her energy, spirit and sense of humor. She never met a stranger, and was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need.
A great lover of animals and wildlife, Norma considered her son’s pit bull, Lilly, her granddaughter.
Norma will be deeply missed by her family and many friends.
Services: A private memorial service will be held for friends and family at a future date.
Contributions: The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be sent to the Suncoast Humane Society, 6781 San Casa Drive, Englewood FL 34224.