Born Norma Vandergriff in Soddy, Tennessee in 1921, she was one of four children.  She helped to raise her siblings and put them through college after her father’s early death.  From 1944 to 1951, Norma served in the Navy, was awarded the Victory Medal and the American Theater Medal, and met her husband, Paul Garrison, a Navy fighter pilot during World War II.

Paul and Norma were married in 1950 and were residents of Long Beach and Pear Blossom, California. During the 1950’s, Norma was a semi-professional water skier and surfer, and in later years devoted her time to stocks and bonds, as well as supporting the Red Cloud Indians. Her husband, Paul passed in 1993 and Norma moved to Florida five years later to be closer to her sister, Ramona, who later passed in 2014.

Norma has been an active and loved resident of Watercrest Winter Park since its opening in May 2020.  Watercrest Winter Park is a newly constructed senior living community by Watercrest Senior Living Group offering 107-resort style accommodations, exceptional amenities, and world-class care in idyllic Winter Park, Florida.

A certified Great Place to Work for 4 consecutive years, Watercrest Senior Living prides itself on providing outstanding care, all tailored to individual resident preferences.  Watercrest associates share a purpose and passion for serving others, while supporting residents in staying connected in meaningful ways.

“It’s an absolute joy to celebrate the extraordinary lives of our residents, such as Norma,” says MaryAnn Howell, Executive Director of Watercrest Winter Park.  “Honoring our residents’ traditions, experiences, and passions creates lasting relationships within our community.”

Watercrest Winter Park boasts a stunning promenade, pool, fireplace, signature water wall, multiple dining venues, children’s play space, grand balconies and Southern style outdoor living spaces. Additionally, Watercrest’s uniquely designed Market Street Plaza, showcases an ‘outdoor’ streetscape with numerous LifeBUILT programming touches; a highlight and crucial element of their multi-sensory memory care programming. Watercrest Winter Park is ideally located at 1501 Glendon Parkway. For more information, please contact MaryAnn Howell, Executive Director at 321-304-4898.

About Watercrest Senior Living Group 
Watercrest Senior Living Group was founded to honor our mothers and fathers, aspiring to become a beacon for quality in senior living. Watercrest senior living communities are recognized for their luxury aesthetic, exceptional amenities, world-class care, and innovative memory care programming. A certified Great Place to Work, Watercrest Senior Living Group specializes in the development and operations of assisted living and memory care communities and the growth of servant leaders. Visit

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