Vivian Ann Norvell

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On July 12, 2018, with her family at her side, Annie Rooney saddled her horse and made her last ride toward the pearly gates. One last gate to open, ride cowgirl ride.
Vivian Ann Norvell was born in Fort Pierce, Florida on February 25, 1932 to the late John Roy "Johnny" Norvell and Vivian Estelle Padrick. She was a graduate of Fort Pierce High School, class of 1950. She was voted superlative most athletic.
Her earliest jobs were working at the phone company and Ranchland. But soon her roots went back to her teenage years. With two brothers off to war, she helped her daddy with his cattle. Her love of ranching had begun. She said, "it gets in your blood, you have to love it to be in it, otherwise you better quit."
When the opportunity arose in the early 1950's, she partnered with Maggie Carlton and The Poor Farm was born. They scratched and clawed clearing a few acres at a time until the pastures were improved. During this time they also ran cattle on leased land called Cane Slough. As if that weren't enough to keep them busy, toss in managing several acres of citrus groves. It was daylight to past dark work, which lends a tenacity to their work ethic. Eventually they lost the Cane Slough lease and sold the groves. In the 1970's she and her brothers bought their daddy's cows, which he ran on leased land in White City. Oops, more work! Her motto was, "you can do anything if you set your mind to it."
Ann was too married to her job to ever take a husband, but her family was very important to her. She was devoted to them. No niece or nephew could escape her scathing when it was called for. Another possible result was a kick in the butt.
Ann's talents were endless and seemingly went on and on. She was a jack of all trades: rancher, fence builder, carpenter, mechanic, tractor driver and backhoe operator. Her leisure time was spent rodeoing, hunting, camping, boating, fishing, golfing, bowling, barbequing, and RV'ing. Whew! No grass grew under her feet. Make no mistake about it folks, she could ride and rope with the best of 'em.
Ann was a member of the First Baptist Church, Florida Sheriff's Association, Florida Cattleman's Association, National Cattleman's Association and Red Angus Association.
She is survived by her brother, John Roy "Jack" Norvell (Wanda); sister-in-law, Patty Norvell; nieces and nephews, Debby Norvell, Lana McCain, Bubba Norvell, Richard Norvell, Robbie Norvell (Cathy), Rusty Norvell (Janice), Jimmy Fortana (Melody), Gina Fortana, Angela Tubbs (John), Stelle Norvell, Johnny Norvell (Debby), Van Allen Osteen (Kathy), Charlie Osteen, Billy Osteen; and extended families the Fralix's and Carlton's.
Special thanks to her caregivers: Rhonda Kelly, Margarita Sarefin, Juanita Underwood, Lana McCain and Debby H. Norvell.
Friends may call from 4:00 until 7:00 pm on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at Yates Funeral Home, Fort Pierce. A celebration of life will be held at 11:00 am Thursday, July 19, 2018 at The Crossing Community Church, 5200 Oleander Avenue, Fort Pierce, with Pastor Craig Bridgers officiating.
Pallbearers will include Robbie Norvell, Rusty Norvell, Bubba Norvell, Johnny Norvell, Jimmy Fortana, Jimmy Rudd, Billy Osteen and Robert Osteen. Honorary pallbearers include Bugs Baker, Cap Cain, Wes Carlton, Michael Fletcher, Joe Fralix, Shane Fralix, John Luger, Brett McCain, Dixon McCain, Joey Miller, Vic Nicholson, Clarence Smith and Sparky Sparks.
Donations may be made to Florida Sheriff's Youth Ranches.
In time the broken spoke on the wheel will be mended and your legacy will roll on. Good night nurse.

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Yates Funeral Home & Crematory
1101 South U.S. Highway 1
Fort Pierce, FL 34950
(772) 461-7000
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Published in NewsZapFL on July 18, 2018
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