Norma (Custis) Justis

January 6, 1934 ~ April 9, 2018 (age 84)

Norma (Custis) Justis, age 84, passed away at her home in Onancock, Virginia on April 9, 2018 surrounded by her loving family and friends.  She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Ames Lee Justis, and her daughter, Janet Lee Justis.

Norma “Tea” was one of 12 children of the late Floyd R. Custis, Sr. and Ethel Matthews Custis.  In addition to her husband and daughter, she is survived by four sisters and two brothers: Caroline “Connie” Trader (Billy) of Onancock, Virginia, Betty Groton of Laurel, Delaware, Annie Johnston of Accomac, Virginia, Linda Bullis of Delmar, Delaware, Cecil “Scotty” Custis (Louise) of NewCastle, Delaware and Linwood “Tommy” Custis (Liliane) of Smyrna, Delaware.    She is also survived by her brother-in-law Kenneth “Kenny” Justis (Dianne) of Onancock; nephew-in-law Stanley “Stan” Justis (Linda) of Delmar, Maryland; sister-in-law Eunice “Janie” Custis of Painter, Virginia and Janet S. Custis of Dover, Delaware.

Norma loved being an aunt and is survived by nine nieces and five nephews, numerous great nieces and nephews and several great-great nieces and nephews the latest of whom was born in February 2018.

In addition to her parents, Norma was predeceased by one sister and four brothers: Margaret C. Campbell formerly of Painter, Virginia, Floyd R. Custis, Jr. formerly of Accomac, Virginia, Roland Custis formerly of Onancock, Virginia, George “Cobie” Custis formerly of Painter, Virginia and Donald M. Custis formerly of Dover, Delaware.  She was also predeceased by several nephews.

Norma loved working at Forks Grill and was a master at curb service.  Ironically, she met her husband, Ames, at Forks Grill while spilling hot chocolate on him through the window of his car.  Funny she didn’t usually spill anything.  After the landmark restaurant closed, Norma worked at the Eastern Shore Yacht and Country Club for many years.  Seems like she retired from ESYACC at least three times but they always called her back and she willingly returned.  She loved working with the parties and special events celebrating milestones of many friends’ lives.  But most of all she had fun with all of the children who enjoyed swimming at the pool on hot summer days.

Norma was also known by her fellow Onancock residents as the “lady” who walked five miles after work for fun.  These walks often involved going from Four Corner Plaza, down to the Wharf with a brief stop at the Corner Bakery for some pastries and then back home. Walks were often followed by having lunch or dinner at some of her favorite Onancock eateries: Janet’s General Store, Blarney Stone Pub and Da Vinci’s Italian Kitchen to name a few and her European getaway the Bloxom Bistro. Thanks to all for the good food and great memories.

Norma didn’t like for anyone to make a fuss over her.  She loved being outside working in a pair of jeans and a tee shirt that usually advertised a local business.  Respecting her wishes, a public service will not be held at this time.  The family will gather privately in May for a celebration of her life.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 870 Greenbrier Circle, Greenbrier Tower II, Suite 404, Chesapeake, VA  23320 (

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Arrangements by the Williams-Onancock Funeral Home.

Donations may be made to:

American Diabetes Association
870 Greenbrier Circle, Greenbrier Tower II, Suite 404, Chesapeake VA 23320

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