NORMA KING SEPTEMBER 19, 1935 — APRIL 30, 2018 A life lived well & fully DESIGNER EXTRAORDINAIRE, FASHION ICON, COOK, & WORLD TRAVELLER “As long as everything is exactly the way I want it, I’m totally flexible.” Norma loved to be the best at everything she did. Whether it was designing a client’s project, dressing for an occasion/event, cooking for her legendary Christmas parties, or designing a floral arrangement; she was a naturally shy person who always stood out. The trait of perfection is procrastination and obstinance. In her younger years, she was known to arrive at 12:05 am for New Years Eve parties, serve dinner party guests at 11:00 pm, or arrive at weddings after the bride had made it to the alter. Many friends will remember her “Surprise 40th Birthday” where she insisted “if she wanted to strip off her clothes and walk down to the basement in her house she bloody well could.” Of course, all the invited guests were hiding in the basement. Through it all, she was supported by her loving husband of 51 years (John — deceased), her children: Karen, Jasmine (and husband Peter), and son Robert. Beloved by grandchildren Joffrey (and wife Shauna), Alexandra, and Maximilian.
Her career as an interior designer was full of highlights from working on the Canadian National Treasury building and National Post Office in the late 60’s, to luxury residential projects in Toronto, New York City, Washington D.C., Miami, Boston, and Halifax.
Norma travelled the world extensively and expensively; visiting exotic locales such as Morocco, Kenya, Argentina, Thailand, China, the Caribbean Islands, and Europe among the many. She always took great interest in the colourful culture and food of every country visited.
Later in life Norma and John discovered the village of Ajijic, Mexico; where they built a home and a life filled with wonderful friends which they cherished.
One of her highlights in Ajijic was the planning and executing her annual Christmas party. The decoration of an enormous tree with thousands of ornaments would take four people a week to complete. The food would take weeks of planning, and weeks of cooking, ahead of time. It was a huge production that she loved to undertake. She always said she hoped to do it until she no longer could. Sadly, that day has arrived. She wants everyone to know that she truly has had “A Wonderful Life”, and is thankful for all her family and friends for being a part of her journey. Celebrations of her wonderful life to be held in Toronto and Ajijic at a later date. PLEASE CONTACT: NORMAKING1935@GMAIL.COM TO EXPRESS SYMPATHY OR CONDOLENCES AND DETAILS. In lieu of flower please consider a donation to: Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, UHN and/or the Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care.
Anna Rose Thornton
LGG Life Member Anna Rose Thornton died in April 2018. Anna Rosa had been a longtime member and helped with the translation of the reprint of the lakeside Garden Guild book. She had not been well for quite a long time. She will be remembered for her energy and ability to keep us organized.
As most of you are aware, a few days ago we lost one of our dearest friends, Averial Miller. She had recently moved to Texas, due to health issues, and was able to spend the holidays with her family. Her daughter, Noel, said she was doing fairly well and getting settled. Her death was quite unexpected and a shock to us all. She was grand force in, not only our Lakeside Garden Guild, but also our community. It is with the greatest sadness that we say farewell and Godspeed to our friend. Averial will never be forgotten, for who could forget someone who gave us so much to remember.
Marilyn C. Bowra
Marilyn died at her home in Chula Vista on December 19, 2014 from an aggessive cancer following several months of medical treatments. She was 84. Marilyn was born and lived in Kansas City for many years, studied at the University of Missouri and worked at the Business Mens Assurance Co. Upon her husband's retirement in 1991, she and Ron moved to Manzanillo and then to Ajijic in 2002. She loved cooking and gardening and was an active member of the Lakeside Garden Guild
June De Leon
Valued member June de Leon passed away November 5 at her home after several months of declining health. June had been a member of the Lakeside Garden Guild since 2005. We received the following note from her husband Joe:
The Lakeside Garden Guild began in September of 1968 by women who were interested in the love of gardening and floral decoration. Over the years the interest grew to include a total of 40 women who put their skills together in a social network and has expanded to several community projects that have helped the local people as well as beautifying the Ajijic village, Gran Plaza and streets.