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She entered the Miss Dairy Princess of San Diego pageant.

posted Oct 3, 2014, 2:50 PM by Joyce Evans
You might know Norma Scantlin for serving as president of the East San Diego County Association of REALTORS® in 2005 and 2010, prior to the merger with PSAR in 2012. She also was awarded REALTOR® of the Year in 2007 for her service to the association and community. She also has served since 1995 as a member of the East County Government Affairs Committee. She also has served as a California Association of REALTORS® (C.A.R.) Director since 2004. She has served as vice chair and chair of C.A.R.’s Manufactured Housing Committee and chairperson for C.A.R.’s Region 30. She is currently serving on the Nominating Committee for C.A.R. Next year, she will serve as vice chair of C.A.R.’s Membership Committee, and will represent PSAR on other committees. 
 
But did you know that Norma, a native San Diegan, can tell you the location for each of the five U.S. Post Office locations in Santee over the past 60 years? She remembers her parents telling her that they measured her growth by weighing her on scales at the post office, located at the time inside a general store at Magnolia Avenue and Mission Gorge Road, where a Sonic Drive-In stands today.
 
She grew up in Santee on a dairy located at the end of a dirt road that was Magnolia Avenue at the time. Today, the dairy property consists of single-family homes off Woodside Avenue, along with townhomes and the Mission Del Magnolia Mobile Home Park and New Frontier Mobile Home Park, which is owned by her siblings.
 
She was born on her mother’s birthday in 1945. She remembers watching the Mother Goose Parade sitting in the back of a cattle truck (the 68th annual Mother Goose Parade is this year). Norma remembers family trips to San Diego to buy ice cream from the creamery where the milk was shipped. The creamery, located where Petco Park is today, was first owned by the Quality company and then by the Carnation company.
 
Her after-school chores while growing up included feeding baby calves, climbing up a silo to push down the silage for the cows to eat or herding cows or driving a pick-up truck while her dad pitched hay to the cows. In the third grade, an angry heifer used her horns to push her about 100 yards until she escaped by entering a well house.
 
She attended Santee Elementary School, which was torn down in the 2007. In kindergarten, the students took afternoon naps on top of the tables in the cafeteria. She attended El Capitan High School in Lakeside and, in 1963, she was a member of El Capitan’s first four-year graduating class (all four of her children also graduated from El Cap, and some of them had classes with their mother’s same math teacher, Mr. Till). In high school, Norma was active in ASB and entered the pageant for Miss Dairy Princess of San Diego (she didn’t win).
 
After high school, Norma starting working  with the Santee School District as a teacher’s aide, and later as a nurse assistant and then as secretary for about 10 years to the Assistant Superintendent of Personnel.
 
The year after high school, her cousins arranged a blind date with a guy in Riverside who was going to college and learning how to be a welder. Norma and Jerry were married on July 31, 1964. Norma worked a half-day on her wedding day. After 19 years, Norma left the school district job when Cristina was born.
 
Jerry and Norma raised four children, including sons Jim, Craig and Jonathan – all three boys became Eagle scouts -- and daughter Cristina Rutherford, who today is the broker of record for Parkway Real Estate and Property Management, a company founded in October 2013 and a successor to Realty World Parkway, which Jerry and Norma launched in 1989.
 
The family jokes that Cristina started her real estate career as a baby. Today, Norma, 69, has five granddaughters ranging in age from 20 years to 5 months. Cristina’s new daughter is named Caitlin Lee -- her middle name was Jerry’s middle name.
 
Norma taught Sunday school Bible classes at El Cajon Foursquare Church for 36 years, with about 25 of them teaching 2-3 year olds. The family began attending Shadow Mountain in 1998. Since 1973, Norma has lived in El Cajon’s Blossom Valley community
 
Norma and Jerry were married for 49 years. Jerry passed away on Sept. 7, 2013. “My family, my church friends and my PSAR friends have been a great support for the past year,” said Norma. “I am so grateful for the many friendships developed as a result of PSAR. I consider them part of my family.”

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