Norma  Willard


The only child of Harry and Katie Anderson was born December 21, 1925 at her aunt's house in Moline, IL.
Norma was valedictorian of her high school class. She achieved a BS in chemistry at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. While in undergraduate school, she married Joe R. Willard.
Dr. and Mrs. Willard raised five children on Freeman Road, Middleport, NY.
Mrs. Willard (known as "Mother Nature") was a guiding light in the lives of many young people. Active in Girl and Boy Scouts, Audubon Society and many other organizations involving children and the natural world. She also was an elder in the First Presbyterian Church of Medina.
She is survived by her children, Catherine Willard, Joe (Ellen) Willard, Nancy (Kenneth) Davis, Tim (Susan Lindke) Willard and Mark (Deborah) Willard; nine grandchildren, Joe, Benjamin (Jocelyn), Evan (Samantha) and Jesse Davis, Brenden Eshelman, Anna (Erich) Wiegner and Emily, Miles and Hanna Willard; as well as three great-grandchildren, Adrianna, Sophia and Luke.
A Memorial Service will be held at 2 PM Thursday, April 11th in Bellinger Chapel of First Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Robert J. Hagel officiating. Friends will be received following the service on April 11th in fellowship hall of the church. The interment of ashes will be at Royalton Cemetery on Friday the 12th at 11 AM.
Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Jamestown, Jamestown Audubon Community Nature Center, Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy of the Union of Concerned Scientists.
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Val McKee Wood
Apr 23, 2019
Sending thoughts and prayers for you at this difficult time.
Vicki (Buncy) Walter
Apr 23, 2019
So many wonderful memories of this lady. So many adventures with Scouts.. camping, biking, crafts. She encouraged us to be our best. Truly will be missed!
Mark Mittlestadt
Apr 13, 2019
So sorry to hear of the loss of your dear mother. Many fond memories of your Mom when we were kids. My prayers to all of you during this time.
Joan Lardner
Apr 11, 2019
Tim and Susan,
I didn’t know your mother Tim, but she must have been a remarkable lady
from what I read. I just want you to know I,m so sorry for your loss. May
she Rest In Peace with our Lord and Savior.
Kenneth A Keirn
Apr 11, 2019
Condolences to the Willard family at this difficult time.
Shari Mahnke-Pollworth
Apr 10, 2019
Mother Nature has taught so much more than just nature identification. Patience, grace, awareness, kindness, unconditional love for all people and creatures. I feel blessed to have been one of the many many young people to whom she gave her time, patience, grace, awareness, kindness, and unconditional love. I wouldn't be the person that I am today without her selfless contribution.
Lorie Kobmann Green
Apr 10, 2019
So many fond memories of Mrs. Willard with Cadet Girl Scouts. She taught me many things about nature including how to make lemonade from sumac.
Robert Querns
Apr 10, 2019
My condolences for your loss and prayers for the family.
Paulette Berzer Ambellan
Apr 10, 2019
Cathy and family. My condolences for your loss. It is never a good time to lose a loved one. Your Mother was amazing. I know you will keep her in your heart and enjoy good memories.
Debi DiNardo Watts
Apr 10, 2019
I remember your mother well. Very sorry for your loss.
Lee and Debbie Walker
Apr 10, 2019
Thoughts and prayers for the family at this tough time.
Apr 10, 2019
My heart goes out to your aching family during his very difficult time. May you find comfort in knowing that your dear Norma is safe in the memory of God, who will remember every detail about her and bring her back to perfect health again.
Job 14:14