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Obituary for Twila Margaret Norman

Twila went home to be with the Lord on June 16th, 2017. She was surrounded by family and close friends. Twila was born on April 16th, 1935 in Youngstown, Ohio to Charles and Birdie Welcher. She was the fourth of five children. Twila finished her high school education with a perfect 4.0 grade point average. She attended Kent State University and received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education in 1960. She earned her Master of Science in Education as a Reading Specialist from University of Colorado in Boulder in 1970. In 1982, she received her Administrator Certification in Education from the University of Denver. While at Kent, Twila met Frederick Lee Norman in the student union. "Everyone else was playing cards and she was studying - she didn't play any cards," recalls Fred. Their first meeting was in 1953. After his military service, they reconnected in 1958. They later married on June 18, 1960 and moved to Colorado in 1961. The same year, both joined Shorter African American Methodist Church and have been members since. Twila worked more than forty years as a Curriculum Writer, Teacher, Assistant Principal, Principal, Executive Area Director, and Assistant Superintendent for Denver Public Schools. She was the first, female African American Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education in Denver. After retiring from Denver Public Schools, she served as the Apprenticeship Coordinator for University of Northern Colorado's Center for Urban Education program. There were many awards bestowed upon Twila: • 1997 Educator of the Year Award Colorado Council's International National Association of Elementary Principals • Teacher of the Gifted Annual Award • National Principals Academy certificate of advanced proficiency • Community Services Award • Blue Ribbon Award for Exemplary University Laboratory School • Integrated Performance Assessment booklet reviewer • Westerra Credit Union's Spirit of Volunteerism Award • Living Legend's Award Twila had many affiliations and was extremely active in her community: • Community Resources Advisory Board • Urban League Guild of Denver • Advisory Board of Young AmeriTowne, Young America's Bank • Volunteers of America Guild • Member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated • International Reading Association • Black Administrators School Association • Colorado Community Review Board • Association and Society for Curriculum Development • National Associations of Black School Educators • Mayor's Education Advisory Council • Mayor's Head Start Commission • American Heart Association Education Advisory Board • Institutional Review Board Community Cancer Research Program • Chair to the Supervisory and Nomination Committees at Westerra Credit Union • Advisory Board member of McGuffey Centre in Youngstown, Ohio - founded by her parents in 1940 Twila inspired everyone to be his or her very best. Twila was a blessing and positive role model to anyone who had the pleasure of knowing her. She set a high standard for herself and others. Twila lived by the axiom, "Pray as though everything depends on God, and then work as though everything depends on you." Twila is survived by her loving husband, Frederick, her two sons, Frederick Lamont (Pamela) of Erie Colorado and Trenton Charles (Nina) of Thornton Colorado, her grandchildren, Ansel Rhys, Frederick Logan and Sabin Emory Reed, her godson, Theo Chapman, her sister, Cynthia Moore (Kenneth), of Youngstown Ohio and many nephews, nieces and cousins. Her siblings, Jollis, Laverne and Paul, preceded her in death.

Funeral Home:
Caldwell-Kirk Mortuary
2101 Marion Street
Denver, CO
US 80205


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Visitation

Wednesday

28

Jun

4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Kirk Chapel

2101 Marion Street
Denver, CO 80205

Service

Thursday

29

Jun

11:00 AM
Shorter Community African Methodist Episcopal Church

3100 Richard Allen Court
Denver, CO 80205

cemetery

Thursday

29

Jun

Fort Logan National Cemetery

3698 So. Sheridan Blvd
Denver, CO

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