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Norma Hilda Rollinson

02-19-1919  -  03-12-2017

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The lady who named Island City has died at 98. Norma Hilda Rollinson, 98, passed away on March 12, 2017. She was a resident of Wilton Manors, Florida since 1956. Born February 19, 1919 to English parents Thomas Ernest Griffiths and Edith Girffiths in Chicago, Ilinois. Thomas Griffiths was employed by Remington Rand. He was often relocated and ended up residing in New York. Norma attended Syracuse University and was a graduate of Pratt Art Institute. She was a commercial artist by trade. In 1942 Norma married 2nd Lt. Eddie Elliot Phillips. In 1944, while flying on his 27th mission to Germany during World War II, his plane was shot down. He tried to land in Sweden but the plane crashed. He was killed. In 1946 Norma remarried to Dudley Richard Rollinson, a Madison ad man for NBC. They resided in Manhassett, Long Island, New York. Tragically, in 1954, Norma was widowed with three children and was expecting a fourth child. Norma moved in with her parents Thomas and Edith until her father passed away. Norma took a train trip to Florida to check out the area. At age 35, she learned to drive and drove to Florida with her four children and mother, Edith. For years, Norma affectionately referred to the old Studebaker as her "covered wagon". Norma purchased her own home in Wilton Manors in 1956. She worked in the advertising department of Britts department store for nineteen years until her retirement. With the original gates to Wilton Manors removed and the fifty year anniversary approaching in 1997, the city was searching for a new logo. Norma observed that you always entered Wilton Manors by bridge and that the city is surrounded by water. A contest for the new logo was held at city hall. Her Island City logo won over the other entries, making her the lady who named the city and today you will see the name, design and the logo of the city on every sign as you enter. Beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother she is survived by son Grif Rollinson, daughters Leigh Greco, Wendy Rolllinson and Tracy Mello. Grandsons, Marshall Ward and Geoffrey Ward. Granddaughters, Tara Rosenblum and Kelly Sturhahn. Great-grandsons, Jordan Goble, Finn Ward and Damien Ward. Great-granddaughters, Rachel Rosenblum and Lilah Cannistraci. The family will receive friends at Kalis-McIntee Funeral Home, 2505 N. Dixie Highway, Wilton Manors on Friday, March 31, from 4:00-6:00pm. A service will be held at 6 at the funeral home. Following the service the family will have an open house at the home of Tony and Tracy Mello, where they will continue to celebrate and honor the life she lived. In lieu of flowers the family ask donations be made to the American Cancer Society at P.O. Box 22478 Oklahoma City, OK 73123


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Norma Hilda Rollinson

February 19, 1919  -  March 12, 2017

Norma Hilda Rollinson

February 19, 1919  -  March 12, 2017

Obituary

The lady who named Island City has died at 98. Norma Hilda Rollinson, 98, passed away on March 12, 2017. She was a resident of Wilton Manors, Florida since 1956. Born February 19, 1919 to English parents Thomas Ernest Griffiths and Edith Girffiths in Chicago, Ilinois. Thomas Griffiths was employed by Remington Rand. He was often relocated and ended up residing in New York. Norma attended Syracuse University and was a graduate of Pratt Art Institute. She was a commercial artist by trade. In 1942 Norma married 2nd Lt. Eddie Elliot Phillips. In 1944, while flying on his 27th mission to Germany during World War II, his plane was shot down. He tried to land in Sweden but the plane crashed. He was killed. In 1946 Norma remarried to Dudley Richard Rollinson, a Madison ad man for NBC. They resided in Manhassett, Long Island, New York. Tragically, in 1954, Norma was widowed with three children and was expecting a fourth child. Norma moved in with her parents Thomas and Edith until her father passed away. Norma took a train trip to Florida to check out the area. At age 35, she learned to drive and drove to Florida with her four children and mother, Edith. For years, Norma affectionately referred to the old Studebaker as her "covered wagon". Norma purchased her own home in Wilton Manors in 1956. She worked in the advertising department of Britts department store for nineteen years until her retirement. With the original gates to Wilton Manors removed and the fifty year anniversary approaching in 1997, the city was searching for a new logo. Norma observed that you always entered Wilton Manors by bridge and that the city is surrounded by water. A contest for the new logo was held at city hall. Her Island City logo won over the other entries, making her the lady who named the city and today you will see the name, design and the logo of the city on every sign as you enter. Beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother she is survived by son Grif Rollinson, daughters Leigh Greco, Wendy Rolllinson and Tracy Mello. Grandsons, Marshall Ward and Geoffrey Ward. Granddaughters, Tara Rosenblum and Kelly Sturhahn. Great-grandsons, Jordan Goble, Finn Ward and Damien Ward. Great-granddaughters, Rachel Rosenblum and Lilah Cannistraci. The family will receive friends at Kalis-McIntee Funeral Home, 2505 N. Dixie Highway, Wilton Manors on Friday, March 31, from 4:00-6:00pm. A service will be held at 6 at the funeral home. Following the service the family will have an open house at the home of Tony and Tracy Mello, where they will continue to celebrate and honor the life she lived. In lieu of flowers the family ask donations be made to the American Cancer Society at P.O. Box 22478 Oklahoma City, OK 73123


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