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Mary Norris

December 24, 1919 - January 22, 2015

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Mary Elizabeth “Duffy” Norris, age 95, passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 22, 2015 at the Episcopal Church Home in Louisville, Kentucky surrounded by family, caregivers and priest’s. Mary was born in De Soto, Missouri on Christmas Eve of 1919 a daughter to Bernard and Catherine (nee Kriegshauser) Duffner. She is preceded in death by four brothers: Lucas, Elmer, George, and Bernard Duffner as well as her husband James William Norris. Mary was a bookkeeper for her family’s business, Duffner Ice Cream Company, from 1938 until the business closed in 1975. She then assisted her husband serving as secretary for Woodlawn Memorial Park until it was sold in 1993. From 1993 until 2002 Mary was a resident at the Forum Retirement Community in Louisville, Kentucky and from 2002 until 2015 Mary has been a resident in the Memory Care Unit of the Episcopal Church Home. She is survived two sons: James B. (Sally) Norris, De Soto, Missouri and G. Joseph (Edie) Norris, Louisville, Kentucky; three grandsons: James, John, and Barrett; two grandaughters: Jamie and Elizabeth; and five great-grandchildren: Samantha, Joscelin, Noelle, Lucas, and Landon. For the past twelve years and eight months Mary was cared for in a most compassionate, professional, and tolerant faith based community at the Episcopal Church Home for which it is impossible to list the hundreds of staff that played such a fine role in her daily care and the entire Norris family is eternally grateful. Our family request is that in lieu of flowers for each person to practice random acts of kindness and to share a smile with others every day. Thanks be to God. The family is also most appreciative to the kindness and dignity provided them by the Pearson Funeral Home, Louisville, Kentucky.