Norma W. Bredesen

Norma W. Bredesen Norma Walborn Bredesen, 91, died peacefully on Dec. 18, 2012, at her home in Shortsville. Mrs. Bredesen was born Norma Lucille Walborn on July 28, 1921, in Shortsville to Milton and Janet (Evans) Walborn. She graduated from Shortsville High School in 1939 and was named Ontario County Apple Blossom Queen that year. She worked at Grand Bag and Paper Company in Shortsville and as a secretary in Newark until her marriage to Army captain Philip Norman Bredesen of Seneca Castle in 1942. The couple lived in Atlanta, Ga., Canandaigua and Boston, Mass., until they were divorced in 1951. She then returned to Shortsville with her two children and worked as a teller and later as assistant manager at the State Bank of Shortsville (Security Trust Company after 1956) until retirement in 1984. She also served as the part-time treasurer for Red Jacket Central School District from 1961 until 1973. In a volunteer capacity, she served as the Ontario County United Way chairman of special gifts from 1957 to 1961 and was active in First Presbyterian Church of Shortsville for many years, including three terms as elder. She served for many years with the National Association of Banking Women, American Institute of Banking (1978 to 1982 as president of the Finger Lakes Chapter) and Ontario County Bankers Association (board member from 1974 to 1981). She was active in many school-related activities while her children attended. She leaves a son and daughter-in-law, Philip Bredesen Jr. and Andrea Conte of Nashville, Tenn. Mr. Bredesen was the governor of Tennessee from 2003 until 2011. Her son, Dean Lynn Bredesen, lived in Shortsville and predeceased her in 2005. For the past several years, her granddaughter, Kelly Trautman of Shortsville, was her constant companion and was with her when she passed away. In addition to Kelly, she had six other grandchildren, Vicky Bredesen of Shortsville, Brandy Bredesen of Manchester, Dean and Erik Bredesen of Farmington, Benjamin Bredesen of Nashville and Adam Bredesen of Conklin, N.Y. She had 11 great-grandchildren. She also leaves two siblings, Milton Duane ("Pete") Walborn of Clifton Springs and Barbara Broomfield of Clinton, N.Y. She was predeceased by eight other siblings, John Willard Walborn of Columbia, S.C. and Margaret Brown, Naomi Oswalt, Elizabeth "Betty" Draper, Archibald Walborn, Jean Walborn, Phyllis Burden and Gail Walborn, all of Shortsville. Services will be held on Saturday, December 22, at 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Shortsville, followed by interment of her ashes in Brookside Cemetery, Shortsville. A reception will follow at her home at 111 West Main St., Shortsville. For decades, Norma Bredesen was well known and highly respected in the Shortsville area and beyond; and the way she conducted her life serves as a model to us all.

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