normamaddock
Norma Louise Maddock, 81, passed away in the comfort of her home on Friday, January 22, 2016 surrounded by family. She was born July 21, 1934 in Independence, Missouri, to the late Archie Howard Leas and Mildred Elizabeth Blakley-Leas. They lived on a 360 acre farm where they raised chickens and grew corn. They also had horses, pigs and two lovable terriers named Salty & Peppy. Norma, her mother and brother moved to Fontana, California after her father passed away when she was about 8 years old. She attended Banning High School in Wilmington and was a resident of the south bay area for over 60 years. Norma was a mother of four and worked very hard to support her family, often holding down more than one job at a time. She spent around 6 years working at Pucci's/Adre's in Torrance, 18 years at Torrance and South High Schools, and 20 years working with Nar-Anon. After retiring from the Torrance School District she continued to work part time as a secretary for Nar-Anon up until just a few months prior to her death. She enjoyed watching The Price is Right, Family Feud, and Wheel of Fortune. She was a huge Peanuts fan. She also enjoyed spending time with her friends and attending church events, and spending quality time with her family and her beloved dogs Chloe and Patrick. Norma was very proud of her children and their spouses. She loved sharing pictures and stories of her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Norma was a cheerful and loving woman who was full of life and made friends where ever she went. She was a strong woman who took pride in herself and didn't rely on anyone to take care of her. She was always well put together and greeted everyone with a smile. Norma was a true friend; she had a great memory and knew the people that she came across in her daily life by name. Norma is survived by her brother Eugene Cunningham, ex-husband Ernest Benton, three of her four children - Kara (Rick) Sullivan of Orange, CA, Ron Adams of San Bernardino, CA, and Kathy (Dave) Adams-Sulek of Fort Loudon, PA; 13 grandchildren - Matt Sullivan, Blake Sullivan, Kari Johnson, Chaz Adams, Brittany Monroe, Sierra Adams, Breea Sampson, Summer Krumme, Timothy Panter, Jeremy Powers, Aaron Panter, Kyle Panter, Kaitlyn Panter; 10 great-grandchildren - Mackenzie, Emily, Kaden, Kylee, Tanner, Kambree, Blake, Taylor, Ava & Paisley. Any discussion of family would be incomplete without mention of her surrogate nieces and nephews the Worthey's (Dorinda, Susan, Bill, Dedee and Brett) as a result of her lifelong friendship with their mother Jewel. She is preceded in death by her parents, husbands Ron Adams and Ray Maddock, and her son Larry Adams. Norma will be laid to rest on Monday, February 1st at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Cypress California alongside her beloved son Larry. May she rest in peace. Visitation will be from 1-5:00 p.m. Sunday, January 31, 2016 at Rice Mortuary in Torrance, CA. Funeral Services will be held at noon Monday, February 1, 2016 at First Lutheran Church in Torrance, CA . A graveside service will follow at 3:00 p.m. at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Cypress, CA.

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  1. What a beautiful tribute to an absolutely wonderful women who I was lucky enough to call my aunt. Although she wasn’t my aunt by blood, she certainly was in my heart.

    Norma was my mother’s best friend for many, many years. We began calling her “Aunt Norma” originally because we were taught to respect our elders and to never address them by their first names. However, in Norma’s case, she became such a fixture in our lives that it seemed silly to continue calling her Mrs. Adams – therefore, we started calling her “Aunt Norma.” Little did we know then that she would become such an important person in our lives. She truly was part of our family and she earned the title.

    She always greeted me with a hug and a smile, she was a very cheerful and loving woman who was full of life and was a real delight to be around. She had a way of making you feel at home around her. She was a great listener, advisor, confidant and friend. She was one of the most wonderful people that I will ever know and certainly one of my favorite people.

    As a child, I remember spending quite a lot of time with my “cousin” Kathy – and since she was the youngest in her family, it was mainly just the two of us and Aunt Norma, which meant that the three of us got to spend a lot of time together. I remember that I always envied the relationship that she and Kathy shared. I also loved to see her and my mother together, sharing stories and life. They would get together and color each other’s hair while us kids played together.

    As I got older, Aunt Norma made an effort to stay in touch and involved in my life. I can’t remember a family gathering without her. I have always appreciated how much she cared about me, my mother and my siblings. I could always count on her to be there no matter the occasion.

    She taught me some very valuable lessons over the years. She was an extremely strong woman who didn’t rely on others for anything. She was smart, caring, and most of all a true friend to not only my mother, but to me.

    I will miss her smile, her attitude, but most of all her presence in my life. She was and incredible sister and friend to my mother Jewel, and excellent mother to Kara, Fonnie, Larry and Kathy, not to mention a wonderful second mother to me. She was also a fantastic aunt, wife, mother-in-law, grand mother and great grandmother and she loved her family with all her heart and was extremely proud of each and every one of them.

    Norma also had a way with people, she had a way of drawing people out and find out out about them and their interests. She had a great memory, but more importantly she was an intent listener, when she saw you again, she’d ask about you, your specific hobbies/interests and about your family members, usually by name. She had a real nack for making you feel special. She was also amazing thoughtful, never forgetting a birthday.

    Aunt Norma, I am forever grateful to have walked in the light of your love, I will miss you and forever keep you in my heart. Thank you for being there for me, my family, and for my mother. I hope you can rekindle your friendship in heaven.

    Rest well auntie, I love you!

  2. Oh, I am so terribly sorry to hear about the passing of my mother’s
    best friend. I am the son of Marjorie Ann Fardette (who passed on
    05-19-2005), my name is Charles Rocco Fardette. Norma and Marge were
    best friends for many years, they were co-workers at Pucci’s (which
    changed its name to Adry’s, later on.) Norma was and still is the nicest
    lady you could ever meet. I remember she, her granddaughter (Kari?), my
    Mom, and I went to Sea World way back in the early 70’s.

    I
    remember my grandma (Emma Armstrong, passed on 11-26-1997) and I packing
    up boxes to help Norma move a couple of times. And I also remember that
    grandma and Norma’s Mom, Millie, were good friends, too.

    Please
    forgive me, for I didn’t even know about Norma passing until yesterday,
    February 4th. (My sister had told me.) My sister and I live outside of
    the South Bay area now, near Santa Clarita, CA. Please forgive us for
    not attending Norma’s funeral. (I am unemployed and without a vehicle.)

    Norma, we forever love you, and remember you. My condolences to all her
    family and friends. Norma, please give my Mom and Grandma a hug and
    kiss for me, in Heaven. I miss them, dearly. Hugs and kisses to you
    too, Norma. Thank you for the sweet memories. WE LOVE YOU, and GOD BLESS
    YOU !

    Love,
    Charlie (Marge’s son),
    Renee (Marge’s daughter)
    and Frankie (Marge’s grandson

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