Cora Maurine Oliphant Mostek, born in Kinsley, Kansas on April 4, 1913 to Mary (Molitor) and Wilbur Oliphant, grew up as the youngest of 4 children in Offerle, Kansas. In June 1934, she married Lawrence H. Boots Norton who worked for the U.S. Agriculture Department. Their journey resulted in 21 moves in their first 20 years. They lived in Greece, The Netherlands, and France before returning to Washington, D.C. in 1954, where Boots was the Deputy Director of the International Cooperation Administration (later U.S. AID). Boots died in 1955.
Cora married Dr. Emil F. Mostek, a former Navy Commander and dentist in May 1958. They lived in Fairfax and Arlington, Virginia until moving to Stuart, Florida in 1990. Cora served on the Board of the Arlington Hospital for many years and was later honored for her exceptional service, including raising millions of dollars for the expansion of the hospital.
Cora died on March 13, 2005 at the age of 91 in The Woodlands, Texas. She is survived by her husband, Emil Mostek of The Woodlands, TX; her four sons and their wives, Kay and Harold Norton of Tucson, AZ, Marie and Bruce Norton of College Station, TX, Concetta and David Norton of The Woodlands, TX and Susan and Colburn Norton of Plano, TX. Eleven grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, and numerous other relatives also survive her.
A Service of Remembrance will be held on March 15, 2005 at 3 p.m. in The Woodlands United Methodist Church. An inurnment will follow a Memorial Service at the United Methodist Church in Offerle, Kansas on April 2, 2005.
Memorials may be made to Lighthouse Hospice, 932 W. Main Street, Tomball, TX 77375, the American Cancer Society, P. O. Box 570127, Houston, TX 77257-0127 or your favorite charity.