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KITCHEN, Norma Julia



Norma Julia Kitchen 89 years old of Orillia, Ontario recently passed away peacefully on Monday April 15, 2024 at Soldiers Memorial Hospital with family by her side. Norma was the daughter of Walter and Mary Ellett of Orillia both predeceased. She was the sister of Jean DeHart and Allen Ellett both predeceased. Her husband Ronald Kitchen predeceased was the love of her life.

Norma is survived by her children; Keith Kitchen, Gail Crawford (David), Wayne Kitchen predeceased (Coleen) and Kenneth Kitchen (Rhonda). Grandchildren Luke, Tyler, Justin, Josh, Stephen, Rob, Jamie, Dylan, Cole and Noah. Great grandchildren; Keyra, Carter, Olivia, Addison, Kashton, Letty, Eleanor and Talis.

Norma and Ron were co-owners of Kitchen Tire in Orillia in July 1970 and it was a family run business for 35 years. She took bookkeeping in Business College which enabled her to look after customer accounts and any financial issues. It wasn’t too good for Ron when he wanted to buy a new car because she handled the money so flowers in hand when he asked her. Customer service was very important to both of them. They both enjoyed working together and being an important part of the community.

Norma loved family dinners and her speciality was homemade chicken stew. She enjoyed reading, quotations and debating over politics. Her favourite TV shows were Wheel of Fortune and Judge Judy. She never wore jeans and thought high heels were the best until her bunions proved otherwise. She could be bossy at times and Ron knew the best answer was “yes dear”. She loved teasing her brother and sister as kids and convinced Jean that when half of their baby chicks died that was Jeans half.

She loved to dress up every day with hair done and full make up. Norma loved her diamond rings and wore them proudly. She cared about others and would always be there for any family advice if needed. She wasn’t a social butterfly but had a few very close friends that she kept in touch with for 70 years.

Norma will be sadly missed by us all. She was a good mother, grandmother, great grandmother, wife, aunt and sister. She is at peace now and we are thankful she was an inspiration and loved so much. We are proud to call her “mom”.

At request of the family cremation is in place and there will be private family burial at the cemetery.

Special thanks to the home area #2 and management of Leacock Care Centre and Emergency staff at Soldiers Memorial Hospital.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Norma’s name to Soldiers Memorial Hospital Foundation at 170 Colborne St W Orillia, Ontario L3V 2Z3.

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