BOARDMAN, OH – We have lost another member of the “Greatest Generation.” Etta Mae (Hodge, Jarvis) Norman passed away peacefully at Hospice of the Valley on Tuesday, May 14, 2013, surrounded by her family.
Etta was born and raised on Fruit Street on Youngstown’s eastside, the only child of Robert A. Hodge (1900–1978) and Etta Mae (Jester) Hodge (1904–1963).
She was born Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 1923, and spent her formative years growing up during the depression.
She graduated from East High School and was employed at Ohio Bell as a telephone operator during World War II.
She married combat wounded veteran Lee R. “Bud” Jarvis at the end of the war, and they had two children, a son, Bob, and a daughter Beverly. Etta was widowed in 1963 and re-entered the work force as the telephone operator at the J.C. Penney’s in the Boardman Plaza.
In 1974, she married Daniel Norman, who passed away in 1995 leaving three stepchildren and their families. They enjoyed their retirement, traveling and living in Largo, Fla., for a few years before returning to the Youngstown area.
From childhood, Etta was a long-time member of the Grace Methodist Church and has been a loyal member of the Lockwood United Methodist Church for many years.
She was active in the Miriam Circle at the church, the J.C. Penney retirees club, and was a former Hospice volunteer.
She will also be remembered for her quick wit and devotion to her family, never missing an opportunity to visit her family and her dear lady friends.
Etta is survived by her daughter, Beverly Jarvis of Struthers, Ohio; a son, Robert L and wife Mary Ann of Fairfax Station, Va.; four grandchildren, Andrew Pavis, Dean Jarvis, both of Boardman, Ohio, Erika (CWOS Vince) Pope, USMC of Stafford, Va., and Bobby (Anna) Jarvis of Friendswood, Texas; and five great-grandchildren, Vivian Pope, Joshua Pope, Bowdy Jarvis, Bailey Jarvis, and Tucker Jarvis.
A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at the Lockwood United Methodist Church, 4570 Lockwood Blvd. in Boardman, on Saturday, May 25, 2013 at noon.
The family requests that material tributes take the form of contributions to the Lockwood United Methodist Church, 4570 Lockwood Blvd., Youngstown, OH 44511; or to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Boardman, OH 44512-2198 in memory of Etta.
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Arrangements are being handled by Thompson Funeral Home, 4221 Market St. in Boardman.