OBITUARY

Belen Dizon Nora

October 21, 1934May 8, 2019
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Belen Dizon Nora, of Rome, Georgia passed away peacefully Wednesday night, May 8, 2019 at her residence. She was 84 years old. Despite a brief duration with advanced-stage cancer, she remained comfortable and embraced by family for her last breath. Mrs. Nora's surviving family include: daughter Cindy Nora Hart, son-in-law Fred Hart, grandson Frederick Hart; daughter Betsy Nora Ward, son-in-law Jake Ward, grandson Payton Nora Ward, and son Rollin Nora. Belen was the second of seven children born to Juan and Patrocinio, or ‘Pat,’ Dizon in Aringay, La Union, Philippines on October 21, 1934. With the loss of Juan and Pat’s first-born child during a Japanese attack in World War II, and a later loss of one twin at childbirth, Mrs. Nora became the eldest of five. Surviving siblings include her sister Elisa Dalton, brother Mario and sister-in-law Catherine Dizon, sister-in-law Helen Dizon, and Maria Rosario Dizon or ‘Ning,’ a sister-in-law who cared for Mrs. Nora two months during her sudden but brief illness, as well as many nephews and nieces. Mrs. Nora was preceded in death by her husband Feliciano C. Nora, Jr., her son Raymond D. Nora, and grandson Bryce L. Ward. She was also preceded in death by her parents and two brothers Ramon Dizon and Angel Dizon. Mrs. Nora was known to the Rome community for her instrumental contribution to Floyd Junior College (FJC), now Georgia Highlands College by starting the Associate Degree Nursing Program. Rebecca F. Maddox, the current Director and Professor of Nursing at Georgia Highlands College, said former nursing students will never forget the short little lady with a mighty presence; smart, energetic, and strong. According to Dr. James Cook, a close and dear colleague and author of The History of Floyd College “We Fly By Night,” Mrs. Nora was a consummate educator, a demanding task master, unintimidated by disgruntled students, faculty, and administrators in carrying out her task to build a new nursing program. By the mid 80s, nursing enrollment doubled and the program had a reputation for extraordinarily high passing rates on Nursing State Board Exams. After 28 years of service she retired in 1999 as Chairman, Division of Health Sciences. By 2006, Dr. Cook noted that “Among the academic programs at FJC, Nursing probably has directly affected the lives of more people than any other program in the college’s 35-year history.” She graduated with a B.S.N. degree from the University of the Philippines in Quezon City in 1955 and completed her M.A. in Nursing Education and Teaching from the University of Chicago in 1959. She married Dr. F.C. Nora Jr. the same year. With extensive nursing management and teaching experience in Nashville Tennessee and Worcester Massachusetts, she brought that expertise along with four children to Rome, Georgia in 1971. After her retirement, she was known for her active involvement with St. Mary’s Church and member of the Hand Bell Choir. Her other notable interests included extensive travels and volunteer work locally with the Public Library, the Alzheimer’s Organization, and Mercy Senior Care, an organization that responds to the needs of older and vulnerable adults and families. She was also supportive to the Congregation of the Augustinian Recollect Sisters in Tagaytay City, Philippines, which owns an accredited aged-care home in Australia for lay people, and an elderly care home in Tagaytay City that is exclusive for the sick and aged Augustinian Recollect Sisters in Tagaytay City, Philippines. She will always be remembered as tenacious and fiercely loyal out of love for her family. She was characteristically hospitable, frequently accommodating family and friends at her home in Rome as well as her Tagaytay home in the Philippines. She loved giving gifts of appreciation to others, whether she knew them or not, and was generous in constructive advice, loving support, wisdom, and personal devotion to God through her daily ritual of spiritual readings and prayers. She will be missed by the many lives she touched, most especially her family. Mrs. Nora will have a visitation on Monday, May 13th at Daniel's Funeral Home from Noon to 2 pm with a Rosary led by Evelyn Ware. A Funeral Mass celebrated by Fr. Valery Akoh, assisted by Deacon Stuart Neslin, will take place on Wednesday, May 15th at 9:00 am at St. Mary's Catholic Church. A reception will follow in the Parish Hall. A Graveside Service and Burial in the Parish Memorial Garden will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, people may contribute to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 911 N. Broad St. NE, Rome, Ga. 30161, or the Belen D. Nora Nursing Scholarship at Georgia Highlands College, Office of Advancement, Attn: Mary Transue, 3175 Cedartown Highway, Rome, Ga. 30161. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.Daniels-FuneralHome.com for the Nora family.

  • FAMILY

  • Patrocinio Gaerlan Dizon, Mother
  • Juan Dizon, Father
  • Ramon Dizon, Brother
  • Angel Dizon, Brother
  • Dr. "F.C." Feliciano Calma Nora, Jr., Husband
  • Raymond D. Nora, Son
  • Bryce Ward, Grandson
  • Cindy Hart, Daughter
  • Fred Hart, Son-in-law
  • Betsy Nora Ward, Daughter
  • Jake Ward, Son-in-law
  • Rollin Nora, Son
  • Frederick Hart, Grandson
  • Payton Ward, Grandson
  • Mario Dizon, Brother
  • Catherine Dizon, Sister-in-law
  • Elisa Dalton, Sister
  • Helen Dizon, Sister-in-law
  • "Ning" Maria Rosario Dizon, Sister-in-law
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Freddy Hart, Pallbearer
  • Payton Ward, Pallbearer
  • Chris Dizon, Pallbearer
  • John Hennerich, Pallbearer
  • Jeff Gaba, Pallbearer
  • Chris Gaba, Pallbearer

Services

  • Rosary Monday, May 13, 2019
  • Visitation/Viewing Monday, May 13, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Memories

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Betsy Ward

May 13, 2019

Diann Kothe

May 13, 2019

The wonderful paella, the gems from trips, celebrating special times, know this wonderful lady and her wonderful children. Miss being with you at this time. Prayers are with you. Hugs, Diann

Betsy Ward

May 13, 2019

Catherine Mateo Dizon

May 10, 2019

When breath becomes Air... I bid adieu to you today, Manang Belen!!! 💔
It is true that God also needs good people to manage his work in heaven. Otherwise why would He have called you all of a sudden? He must have known that you are such a great person and can handle any situation. Today, it may have snatched you from us, but for you we shall still wait. Even in death you are still loved and forever will be. You have touched the hearts of so many who owe you a lifetime of gratitude.
On the sands of time, you have left your footprints with glory and everyone will know your name and shall recall your story. All that you have created will always remind us of you, with honor and respect.
We shall rejoice for you, as you are in a better place, a place you always dreamt of. Now, it is God’s turn to give you all the happiness in return as you go holding his hand. I’m sure my prayers will be answered often now, as you are so close to God.
Again, thank you for the honor of sharing a lifetime with you. I love you and I will miss you!!!

Gigi Policar- Convento

May 10, 2019

My husband Noel and I share your deep sorrow in the passing of Manang Belen,

We are week end neighbor of the Nora , Dalton and Dizon families at Richmore, Tagaytay, and very soon after, we became more like a big family, we would be spending the whole weekend together, from breakfast up to dinner or till wee hours the ff day —- drinking wine, laughing , non sense talk or sometimes will go around Tagaytay. That s how we spent our weekend, Sunday afternoon will go back to our place of residence


The last weekend before she left for Georgia, she asked for a certain native fruits ( sineguelas) which I brought, together with native dried and smoke fish for her to bring in Rome, she loved eating that dried fish ( daing na galungong ) with champorado during our weekend breakfast and i was fascinated on how she can eat crabs ( alimango) in her last visit to our house in Rosario last year, from breakfast till dinner, exclusive Alimango only.

The last weekend, before she went to States, after our joy ride, Noel and I brought her home, Manang Belen asked me to stay a while, when she came out, she gave me a beautiful blue pendant, i was so surprise because it s not my birthday, when i asked what is it for, she said “ nothing just an appreciation “
Last year mother s day , the whole family group had a dinner at the Divine word seminary , and i gave her a golden loop earrings , she was speachless for a while

Manang Belen, you will be missed , i will miss “ The Lakambini “ my term of endearment for her, because she used to be a “ Lakambini of UP “ during her time , no more jokes for us , for being the muse of our family
group ( hahahaha) no more title to share

Rest well Manang Belen, you’re done with your work — Very well done !!! Your Laurels will be awarded to you in heaven!!!


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