Mrs. Norma Louise (Young) Britton was born on January 24, 1959, in Temple, Texas to parents Leola “Tootsie” and Martin Cleveland Young. Norma was the third child of what would eventually become five children. Not long after Norma’s birth, the family moved to Houston, Texas and made a home at 2923 Briarwick. As a child, Norma enjoyed playing with her siblings, friends, and cousins and was described as always being a kind person, even from a young age. Norma often recalled traveling with her siblings and parents on road trips as a young child and teenager, stopping to take photos in front of each state line sign they came to. A child of the 60s and 70s, Norma loved classic rock, tie-dye apparel, and bare feet. She actually HATED shoes. Norma’s life grew and adjusted after becoming a mother to Candance and Aaron Weeks. Norma often worked multiple jobs and long draining hours to make ends meet and put food on the table for her two children. In the early 90’s Norma found herself working at her mother’s bar, Tootsie’s, on the northside of Houston. This is the place where Norma would meet her soulmate, partner, best friend, and devoted husband Bobby Britton Sr. The two began dating in July of 1992 and were married a year later. With her marriage to Bobby, Norma also gained new children Krystal and Bobby Jr.; Norma always said that this was her “second chance at motherhood,” and she was intentional, present, and engaged with every minute of it. With Norma, there was no such thing as being a “step” mom. Norma and Bobby moved their family to Angleton, Texas in 1998, and after that, there was always room at her table and love in her heart for all of her children and the many friends and acquaintances that passed through. She loved, nurtured, and invested in all of her children. Many have been blessed by a meal prepared by this master chef of comfort food. The steady, calm, and cool planner encouraged and enjoyed helping her family on whatever crazy adventure they decided they wanted to go on that particular week. From barbeque cook-offs and motorcycle rallies, to making sausage and helping memorize lines for the school play, Norma could and would do it all. She never backed down or backed up from a hard task, challenge, or setback. Norma loved being outside, and even when she was inside, she could be found sitting next to a window watching the birds or squirrels. The only thing she loved as much as her friends and family was reading. In their Houston home, Norma had numerous large bookshelves filled with books she had already read. She was always trading and sharing books with friends and could read a book as fast as someone could loan it to her. When the rest of the family would watch tv, Norma would sit in her chair at the kitchen table (where she could see everyone) and read. Norma and Bobby began a new chapter of their life in 2014 when they moved to Bronson, Texas to operate a cafe and convenience store. Norma loved lake life, her new window to look out at the animals, and the many new friends that she met. In her final months, Norma talked about how much she enjoyed her life and insisted on spending her last days living and loving as she had always done. Her last season of life was full of love and laughter, talking about good times, and reminding us how much she loved all of us. Norma left this life shortly after noon on March 5th, 2022, after a short, courageous, and graceful battle with cancer. A woman with a strong belief in God and a fear of needles and knives, Norma put her illness in God’s hands and was at peace with her creator.
Norma is preceded in death by her mother Leola “Tootsie” Seigfried Young; her father Martin Cleveland Young; and one brother, Randy Young.
Norma is survived by her faithful husband, Bobby Britton Sr. of Bronson, Texas; her children, Candance Jones and husband Russell on Onalaska, Texas, Aaron Weeks and wife Mandy of Dickinson, Texas, Krystal Summerford and Nick of Conroe, Texas, and Bobby Britton Jr. of Angleton, Texas; her brothers, Clifford Young and wife Hazel, Marty Young and wife Vanessa; her sister, Wanda Ebert and husband Billy, and sister-in-law Cynthia Young; and her grandchildren, Morgan Jones, McKenzie Jones, Kayleigh Weeks, Jordan Weeks, Alyssa Weeks, Chase Anderson, Savannah Pady, Kimberly Hughes, Sidney Hughes, and Parker Summerford; as well as several nieces and nephews, numerous cousins, and countless friends.
Norma's life honoring Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, March 12, 2022, beginning at 2:00 p.m. at Forest Oaks Funeral Home located at 601 W. Gibson St., Jasper, TX 75951.
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