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Norma Hannaford

Norma Sigrid Hannaford, 106, of Marion, died July 8 at St. Luke Living Center, Marion.

Born April 10, 1904, to Gilbert L. and Mabel (Swisher) McCullough on a farm near Leon, her family moved to El Dorado where she attended school. Eventually the family moved to Marion where she graduated.

She graduated from Christian College in Columbia, Mo., and attended Emporia State Teachers College.

She married Roger W. “Mike” Hannaford on Aug. 30, 1927. He died in 1949, and she took his place at Hannaford Title & Abstract Company in Marion. She remained in this position until she was 80 years old, maintaining her abstractor license until she was 100.

She began writing the column, “Random Thoughts,” for Marion County Record in April 1998. Her last article was published July 7.

Her parents; husband; a brother, Gilbert McCullough II; and two sisters, Faith Brose-Pittman and Dorothy Peterson-Caesar, preceded her in death.

Survivors include a son, Roger II of Marion; two daughters, Wanda Burk of Colorado Springs and Mary Exline of Salina; two sisters, Margaret “Margie” McBride and Betty Smith of Green Valley, Ariz.; nine grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

Services were Monday at Marion Presbyterian Church.

Burial was in Marion Cemetery.

Memorials have been established with the church and St. Luke Hospital Foundation in care of Zeiner Funeral Home, 205 Elm St., Marion.

Last modified July 14, 2010

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