Friday, September 23, 2011

To know Norma Lloyd was to love her

"Isn’t Norma Lloyd your grandma?”

Amber Whirtley has heard that a lot over the years.

More times than she can count.

It makes Whirtley proud.

“People I don’t even know will come up and ask me that,” said the Ballard Elementary School teacher. “‘Tell her I said, Hi.’ Everybody knew her.”

Everybody, indeed.

From county commissioners to concession volunteers at that little ballpark at 24th Street East.

It’s remarkable even for Bradenton, where so many people know one another.

Everybody knew Norma Lloyd.

And to know her was to love her.

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