Kathleen H. Norris
1939 - 2020
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Kathleen H. Norris, 80, died peacefully on March 21, 2020 after a courageous nine-month battle with leukemia. Kathy was born the eldest of four to William and Mary Hennessy. Kathy lived a wonderful life punctuated by many blessings and unique service to others and her community. She lived her first 20 years in Rego Park (Queens), NY, and attended school and Mass at the Resurrection Ascension Parish, graduating from The Mary Louis Academy in 1957. She then earned an executive secretary program diploma before going to work for Remington and Chartered Life Underwriters. Kathy married her grade-school sweetheart, Clint Norris, in 1961. Together, for the next 58 years, they went on a big adventure, raising four children, traveling with DuPont to Wilmington, DE; Seaford, DE; Martinsville, VA; Louisville, KY; Houston, TX; Walnut Creek, CA; and finally settling in Kennett Square, PA for the past 34 years. Kathy loved all these stops, but truly called Kennett Square, PA home as she quickly got involved by volunteering for the Library’s Home & Garden Tour and the Winterthur Museum, teaching literacy to ESL adults, and being a part of the Ladies of St. Patrick Church Service Organization. Kathy had so many great friends and neighbors in her Bridge Club, Book Club, and Church. She and Clint loved their many wonderful times sharing and traveling with their Gourmet Group. Along the way, Kathy kept a thirst for learning and earned her business degree through courses at the University of Louisville and West Chester University in 1992. She graduated with a 4.0 and the nickname “Curve-Setter.” Kathy was admired and respected by her neighbors and fellow parishioners for many reasons. She always maintained such a happy disposition, with a warm smile that lit up any room she entered. Kathy always had a positive word for all. She was an example to her family for building strong, loving relationships, an accomplishment of which she was truly proud. She was a worker-bee, a doer who could always be counted on to get things done. Kathy enjoyed many hobbies including camping, backpacking (Appalachian Trail excursions), cooking new recipes, gardening, voracious reading, sewing, knitting and cross-stitching, traveling with family and friends, Jeopardy (often beating the contestants to the answer), annual Nags Head family gatherings, solving puzzles, and admiring the beauty of Longwood Gardens. Overall, her gifts of love, kindness, patience, warmth, and grace were exceeded only by her devout faith in God and prayer, and her love for each of her children and grandchildren. She will be missed dearly by her best friend and loving husband of 58 years, Clint Norris, sons Clint (Rebecca) Norris, Bill (Cindy) Norris, and Steve (Tricia) Norris, daughter Linda (Jim) Knepper, 13 grandchildren and spouses- CJ (Marielly), Erin, Micki (Paul), Katie (Ollie), Kelly (Tucker), Christina, Carly, Billy, Jimmy, Michael, Bryan, Brooke, and Campbell, as well as sister Maureen Laramee and brothers Bill (Ann) Hennessy and Ed (Helene) Hennessy, and many nieces and nephews. The family wishes to thank their amazing group of friends, parishioners, and family for their outpouring of love, help, meals, prayers, and gifts of kindness. Also, a special thanks to the tremendous caregivers at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for their skilled care and kindness. In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a donation to The Leukemia And Lymphoma Society or to St. Jude Hospital. Please visit legacy.com (Kathleen Hennessy Norris) and share special thoughts and memories with the family. https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/name/kathleen-norris-obituary?pid=195762407 Arrangements by: Longwood Funeral Home & Cremation of Matthew Genereux, Inc., Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. www.longwoodfuneralhome.com The viewing and Funeral Mass will be announced once the current COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted.

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14 entries
June 30, 2020
Dear Clint and family
So sorry for your loss. Kathy was a wonderful person to work with. I had the pleasure to know Kathy through the Special Events Committee at the Kennett Library. She volunteered many years to the Home and Garden Tour. Always admire her willingness to help, hard worker, her dedication, very organized, and great spirit. All of this because she loved the library and the community. She will be an angel greatly missed but never forgotten.
Milly Caez
Friend
May 13, 2020
Can only imagine what a great mother and wife Kathleen was, by virtue of her son, Steve and her husband, Clint. JK Rowling writes: " He didn't realize that love as powerful as your mother's for you leaves its own mark."
Michael O'Rourke
Friend
May 7, 2020
We had the pleasure of getting to know Kathy through our Reach More small group bible study. We loved her sunny disposition and are grateful for the time we had together. We continue to pray for Kathy, Clint, and the entire Norris family.
Lisa & Glenn Tascione
Friend
April 22, 2020
Dear Clint and Family,
So sorry about the loss of Kathy. She was a close friend since we were in 4th grade. So many memories of baking, sewing, parties and going to school together. Kathy was my Maid of Honor and I was her daughters Godmother. She had such a beautiful smile, was kind and loving, a faith filled person and loved her family so much. She will be missed dearly. I think and pray for all of you a5 this time.
Love, Carol Scacalossi
Carol Scacalossi
Friend
April 13, 2020
Kathy had a tremendous amount of energy and a uniquely positive disposition. I never saw her on a "down" day and she always saw the best in people. She was a positive force in the world. My heart is with the whole family and wishing you strength. All of your love and good deeds are Kathy's legacy.
Robin Scheiner
Friend
April 5, 2020
Clint,
We have always felt close because of our marriage day, and have always thought of you and Kathy often. Although our lives took different paths after Villanova we always felt that bond. I'm glad we got to meet Kathy before God took her away from us. Our prayers are with you.
Harry/Priscilla Mitchell
April 4, 2020
I am so sorry to hear of Mrs. Norris' passing. It was always a pleasure to visit briefly with her on my Communion rounds at HUP. Her warmth, smile and genuine caring greeted me each time I saw her. The image of her love for Mr. Norris shining in her eyes when he came into the room will remain with me for a long time. I send my sincere sympathy to the Norris family--may God bless you all. Mrs. Norris is truly in the arms of God.
Loretta Hauber, Eucharistic Minister, HUP
Loretta Hauber
Acquaintance
March 29, 2020
Dear Clint and family,
I knew Kathy for only a short time via the Library tour and daily mass at St Patrick's. I will never forget her beautiful smile and her genuine caring of everyone she met, including me.
Kathy brought me homemade soup one day when I needed it most. As Mister Roger's would say "look for the helpers." That definitely was your Kathy.
May God's powerful Grace lift Kathy up and those she loved most dear.
Tiffany Volovich
Tiffany Volovich
March 29, 2020
All of us in the St. Pat's family will sorely miss Kathy. She always had a smile and a kind word for everyone. I'm keeping Clint and Kathy in my prayers.
Lou Alfano
March 27, 2020
Clint, so sorry for your loss. Please call me 610-888-8117
Barclay Reynolds
March 26, 2020
Dear Clint and Family,
We have so many wonderful memories of Kathy. When we met, 8 years ago on the Library Garden Tour, she was so vibrant, kind and welcoming. Always a beautiful smile, charming and overflowing with generosity. She will be missed by many.
Sending love to you and the entire family,
Brett and Sandra
Sandra Morris
March 26, 2020
Dear Clint and family,
We are so very saddened to hear of Kathys passing. She was so sweet and gentle, and had a gracious and kind word for everyone . We always enjoyed talking to her after masses and at social events and will miss her. May our good and loving God comfort you in the coming days and may Kathy shine her best in the presence of our Lord.
Much love to you, Blair and Barbara
Barbara Kitching
Friend
March 26, 2020
Dear Clint and Family,
I will always remember Kathy's beautiful smile and joyful disposition. She was so loved by her parish family at St. Patrick. We will continue to pray for/with her and share a smile to others as we think of her.
God bless you Clint and your family during this difficult time. Much love and peace.
Rose Hearn
St. Patrick Parish
Rose Hearn
March 26, 2020
Such a sweet, wonderful LADY. May you rest in peace.
John + Judy Hoffman
Friend
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