Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Willa Mae Thompson Norris, 1913-1988

Daily Iowegian - October 1988
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  Willa Mae "Billie" Norris, 74, of Centerville died Sunday at her home.
  She was born Dec. 14, 1913 to William A. and Lillie J. Godwin Thompson in Garden Grove, Iowa. She married Percy E. Norris in Des Moines on Sept. 6, 1936.
  She attended Centerville schools, graduating in 1933. After her marriage she and her husband made their home in Centerville. She was preceded in death by her husband on Jan. 6, 1978.
  Survivors are one daughter, Carolyn Owen of Centerville; three sons, John D. Norris of Estes Park, Colo., Robert E. Norris of Yorba Linda, Calif., and Richard M. Norris of Montgomery, Ala.; six grandchildren; three sisters, Winnie James of Weldon, Iowa, Carrie Spinks of Corydon, and Helen Leest of Redlands, Calif.; and three brothers, Wayne Thompson of Centerville, Carl Thompson of Promise City, and Don Thompson of Fairfield Bay, Ark.
  She was a member of the Gospel Church in Centerville.
  Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Miller-Wehrle and Lange Funeral Home in Centerville with her brother-in-law, Pastor George D. Leest of Redlands, Calif., officiating. Burial will be in the Jerome Cemetery. A memorial has been established to the "Christian Missions in Many Lands" and may be left at the funeral home.

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