Gertrude Medora Norris, 96, of Bradenton, FL, beloved wife and mother, passed peacefully into the presence of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday evening, September 28, 2021 at Life Care Center of Sarasota. Born February 7, 1925, in Wellington, OH, she was the daughter of the late Bernie and Leota (née Long) Miller. Gertrude attended Wellington High School with the Class of 1943. Gertrude married Harold M. Norris on September 9, 1951 and settled in Lagrange, where together they raised four children.
Gertrude was a longtime member of Calvary Baptist Church in Oberlin, OH, where she served as a Sunday School teacher and pianist. Gertrude worked 13 years in Keystone High School’s cafeteria, where many of the students affectionately called her "Grandma." Following retirement she moved to Ocala, FL, then to Xenia, OH before moving to Bradenton in 2019.
Survivors include three children, John (Pam) Norris of Bradenton, Vicki (David) Houghton of Ocala, and David (Trisha) Norris of Xenia; son-in-law Roe Dorsey; 14 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, and 11 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Harold; daughter Judith Dorsey; sisters Bernice Miller and Jeanette Howk; brother Harold Miller; grandson Michael Dorsey; and great-granddaughter Katelynn Carson.
Friends and family will be received on October 9th beginning at 9:00am at Norton-Eastman Funeral Home, 370 South Main St, Wellington, until the time of services beginning at 10:00am. Pastor Brian Kenyon will officiate and burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be shared online at http://www.eastmanfuneralhome.com.
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