Vida Irene Norwood, 87, of Selah, also a former Grandview and Mabton area resident, passed away peacefully in her sleep early Wednesday morning, Feb. 27, 2008 at her daughter's home surrounded by her loving family.

Vida was born June 15, 1920 (also her mother's birthday) in Ellijay, Ga.

Vida and her husband John operated a farm in Artesia, N.M. before moving to Grandview in 1966. They soon bought a farm in Mabton, where she operated a beauty salon for many years. She often went to nursing homes, where she gave free perms and hair care to her friends and others.

Vida was a generous, caring person helping all of her family at one time or another.

She was very talented in many ways. She wrote beautiful poetry and sewed beautiful clothing for her daughters and grandkids. She was a great cook and baker. We will all remember gathering around at reunions and birthdays, where she made great enchilada dinners from scratch.

After selling the place in Mabton, she moved to Selah, where she was cared for by her daughter Ina and son, Curt.

She will be missed very much by all who knew her.

She is survived by her son, John Curtis Norwood; her daughter, Ina Denise Schaap; two granddaughters, Nissa and Janelle; four great- grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; two sisters, Dean Randleas of Hoquiam and Gail Gilmore of Zillah; two brothers, Curtis Gentry of Cleveland, Okla. and Veyne Gentry of Fresno, Calif.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ola Gentry and Walter M. Gentry; her husband, John Thomas Norwood; two sisters, Iris Shults and Eustace Key Sinor; a brother, Guy Gentry; and a great-grandson, Rudy.

Graveside services will be held at Grandview Cemetery.

Those wishing to share their memories or sign Vida's online memorial book may do so at

Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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