Edith Marie "Kitty" Robinson was born in Norfield, Lincoln County, Mississippi. She is the daughter of Thornton Edgar "T.E." Robinson and Narsis Bailey Robinson. Edith Marie married Willie Howard Norwood in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the mid-1950s, and they are the parents of three children, Jerome, Alfronse and Andrea. A fourth child, Debra A., was born in 1959 and she died as a young child. Edith Marie also has three grandchildren.