Honoring the life and legacy of Norma Martin : South Florida Caribbean Information

Norma Martin

The funeral service and tribute to this visionary leader, dear friend and beloved community activist is scheduled for July 9th at 10am

[MIRAMAR] – The late great American poet – Maya Angelou – reminded us that “Success means loving life and daring to live it”. Norma Doreen Martin loved life, and just as importantly, lived it to the fullest.

Originally from Kingston, Jamaica, Norma immigrated to the United States about 43 years ago. In Jamaica, Norma had worked with the Government of Jamaica for 12 years. She married Carlton Martin on December 6, 1958 and tHey was married almost 63 years.

Norma had lived in the town of Miramar for 39 years. During that time, she earned an associate degree from Miami-Dade College in 1984 after receiving her High School Equivalency Diploma in 1981. Always aware of being well rounded both professionally and personally, Norma also received a Certificate in Medical Record Transcription from the Sheridan Vocational Technical Center, 1990.

Community service

In 2003, after 10 years with SunTrust Bank, Norma retired from her job. Then she immersed herself in community building and activism. “Miss Norma”, as she was affectionately known, worked tirelessly in the city of Miramar and the surrounding communities. Her exceptional achievements include:

president – Miramar Park Homeowners Group (Historic Miramar District 5).

In 2010, the Miramar Homeowners’ Group was honored at the 35th Annual Neighborhood of the Year Convention in Little Rock, Arkansas. The group was a national finalist and several members, including Norma, traveled there to receive the award.

  • 2003 – Recruited by a Crime Watch Group (Fairway Walkers), accompanied by representatives of the Miramar Police and the Code Enforcement Departments.
  • 2007 – The “Miramar Park Homeowners’ Group, Inc.” is officially established (The group then teamed up with the Miramar Police Department to participate in the annual “National Night Out” events.)
  • 2008 – Integration of the projects to beautify the neighborhood and the road landscape. These revitalization efforts began with a tree-lighting ceremony in December 2008 and heralded the annual celebration of the month of “Caribbean-American Heritage” in June at Norma’s Church.
  • 2009 – Initiation of Miramar’s first (annual) tree lighting event in Fairway Park through a partnership with the city, neighboring schools and companies.
  • 2010 – Collaboration with the Adopt-a-Street and Canal Clean-up programs.

In addition, it was important to Norma to partner with and participate in the Miramar Community Garden activities. She passionately supported the local schools in Miramar: including Fairway Elementary, Miramar High and Everglades High. She fervently supported the Miami Deaf Center; and actively supported the Legacy Learning Foundation.


Miss Norma has received many awards and accolades over the years, namely:

  • 2021 – Award for life’s work: Legacy Learning Foundation – for their vision and work in establishing and leading the Caribbean Heritage Month program,
  • 2020 –Annunciation – Norma Martin Day, Jan 28, 2020 – Broward County Commission– for community work in the wider Broward County community
  • 2018 – Community service Award from Mayor Wayne Messam,
  • 2013 – Wall of honor: City of Miramar – a lasting appreciation for their commitment to the city and their community-building work,
  • 2012 – Nominated for the African-American Achievers AwardJM family business -for their efforts to make a positive difference in the community.
Celebration of life

Norma Martin went home to be with the Lord on June 19, 2021. A celebration of her life will take place on Friday, July 9th, 2021 at 10 a.m. at the Miramar Cultural Arts Center. Bishop David Simpson of the Charismatic Episcopal Church of the Resurrection will serve.

The viewing will take place on Thursday, July 8, 2021, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Fred Hunter’s Funeral Home, 6301 Taft St., Hollywood, FL. The funeral will follow the memorial service at Hollywood Memorial Gardens North at 12:45 p.m.

The funeral arrangements are handled by Fred Hunter’s Funeral Services.


Norma is survived by her husband Carlton; Daughters: Marcia and Audrey; Grandchildren: Camille, Adrienne, Deja, Halima, Ibrahim; Siblings: Leon, Grennett, Diedre, Dorrel, Michelle; Nieces, nephews and a village with family and friends. Norma precedes her parents in death: Edley and Cartagena Service; and brothers, Derrick and Marcel.

Passion for the city of Miramar

Norma was passionate about the city of Miramar and her pride in living in the community is reflected in her signature remark: “Remember, it’s not about what your city can do for you, but what you do for your city can!”

In 2015, Norma wrote the words of the song “O Miramar, So Beautiful” (adopting the lyrics from “America the Beautiful” as a reminder of us and a beautiful homage to the diversity of the city, the strength of its people and its beauty as a place to work, play and raise our families.


We will love her forever and will continue to honor her as we carry on her legacy. Instead of flowers, commemorative donations can be given to the following institutions / organizations:

  1. Everglades High School Choir
  2. Fairway Elementary VPK program
  3. Legacy Learning Foundation, Inc
  4. Miami Deaf Center
  5. Community garden Miramar
say thank you

The family of Norma Martin would like to thank the following important organizations:

  • Mayor Wayne Messam – City of Miramar
  • Commissioner Barbara Sharief – Broward County
  • Patti Good – Broward County School Board
  • The Tracey Family – Legacy Learning Foundation, Inc.
  • The Miramar Park homeowners group
  • Miramar Police and Fire Brigade and the entire village in the city of Miramar