MaryLou Draper Norwood, 89, of Emmett, Idaho, passed away Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at her home in Emmett, Idaho.
She was born Sept. 6, 1923, to Erwin E. and Matilda E. Draper in Emmett. She was the youngest of a family of seven children. As she grew she learned of the wealth of love a large family brings. She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and proud of her pioneer heritage which can be traced back to the beginnings of the church.
MaryLou and William Martin Norwood were married on Feb. 26, 1942, in Emmett. Two daughters were born to them, Pamela Kay Connolly and Judith Rae Parsons. The family moved to Billings, Mont., in 1959 when Bill went to work for Albertson's Drug. Billings was always a second home to her. Great friends and many wonderful memories were made while living there. Moves to Great Falls, Mont. and Omaha, Neb. followed before returning to Emmett in 1973.
They built their dream home on the South Slope and spent many years raising purebred Black Angus, Columbia sheep, cats, dogs, pigmy goats and vegetable and flower gardens that were blue ribbon worthy. MayLou was a active volunteer wherever she lived.
She volunteered with the Red Cross, American Cancer Society, Girl Scouts and The Emmett Obituary Project. She was the keeper of the records for her family and everyone knew they could call Aunt MaryLou for family genealogy and she would always be able to provide the information.
In addition to her daughters, she was blessed with five wonderful grandchildren, Andrew (Kim) Connolly, Erin (Scott) Page, Ryan (Bonnie Look) Connolly, William (Marcie)Parsons and John (Jessyka) Parsons. Eight great-grandchildren added to her happiness; Logan Connolly, Cole and Josie Page, James Connolly and Keaton, Kailey and Lauryn Parsons.
She was proceeded in death by her parents; husband, Bill; great-grandson, Henry Parsons; and her siblings, Bev Marcy, Beatrice Smull, Arminta Penson, Kenneth Draper, Aileen Harwell and Howard Draper.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, at the Second Street LDS Chapel, Emmett, under the direction of the Potter Funeral Chapel in Emmett.
The family requests that in her honor memorials be made to the Gem County Historical Society, 501 E. First St., Emmett, ID 83617.