Vail Daily obituary: Katrina Johnson Norris

Trina passed into the arms of Jesus on July 23 after a gallant battle with pancreatic cancer. Her warm smile and gentle spirit will be missed by her family and friends.

She was born in Denver and grew up in Boulder. Her love of nature was instilled at an early age while living in the Rocky Mountains. After earning a degree in environmental interpretation from Colorado State University, she embarked on several adventures before coming to the Vail area to work at the Vail Nature Center.

As with many locals, she worked for various entities during the winter months including the town of Vail and Vail Associates. For the last 17 years she found her calling in life working with our precious preschool age children at the ABC School, which transitioned into the Children’s Garden of Learning. Her kindness and patience will long be remembered by the young minds she nurtured during those years.

It was while working on Vail Mountain that she met her husband, Bob. Together they raised their two children, Krista and Karl, in this beautiful valley. Her sense of adventure and love of nature will live on through her children — both her own and those she had the privilege to teach. A woman of strong faith, she was a very active member of the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration, where she once again found herself teaching children in Sunday school for many years.

Trina is survived by her husband and children; parents, Bud and Ruth; brothers Tom, Dave (Sally) and Andy (Cynthia); niece Alex and nephew Trevor. A service to remember Trina will be held on Monday at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater beginning at 1 p.m., with an on-site reception immediately following. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation at http://www.early or send the donation to P.O. Box 18536, Avon, CO 81620.

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