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Peggy (Myrtle) Norris

December 22, 1918 - November 22, 2013

Peggy (Myrtle) Norris was born on December 22, 1918 to James and Mary Bell in Corvallis, Oregon. During Peggy's youth the family moved from Corvallis to Portland, Oregon where Peggy attended and graduated from high school.

She graduated from Wheaton College in Illinois with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, and then earned a Master's Degree from the University of Illinois. In both her high school and college years, Peggy was a dedicated and exceptional student.

During World War II, Peggy served with the Red Cross in France, first in a tent hospital near Cherbourg and then in Red Cross headquarters in Paris. Later she was stationed in Bremerhaven, Germany.

After the war, Peggy worked in San Francisco, California where she met Norton Norris. They were married in 1953 at St. John's Presbyterian Church in San Francisco. Bradley was born in 1954 in San Francisco, and Jeffrey in 1956 in Palo Alto, California.

The family moved to Southern California in 1959, where Peggy was a stay-at-home mom. Later she worked for the Glendale Unified School District.

In December of 1989, Norton and Peggy moved to the Capital Manor retirement community in Salem, Oregon. Norton died in May, 2003. Peggy enjoyed her years at Capital Manor until November 22, 2013, when she died at the age of 94.

Peggy was a much beloved wife, mother and grandmother. She was highly devoted to her family. Although she was a very modest person, family members were well aware of her exceptional analytical and organizational skills, her sharp mind, her writing and literary skills, and her high ethical standards. Peggy was a person of great integrity, honesty, fairness and kindness.

Survivors are her two sons: Bradley of Davis, California and Jeffrey (wife Sheri Lee) of North Richland Hills, Texas. Also surviving are her two granddaughters, Holly and Heather, both of North Richland Hills.

In accordance with Peggy's preference, the memorial event will be a private one for family.

Published in StatesmanJournal on Nov. 24, 2013
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