Mary Lou Norris

Sunrise: September 7, 1931

Sunset: November 20, 2018

Mary Lou Norris, 87, of Norfolk, made her heavenly transition on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 and will be truly missed but also remembered by so many. Mary was born to the late John Henry and Sarah Elizabeth Snead on September 7, 1931 in Greenville, South Carolina.  She was one of four siblings, Charles Henry (deceased), John Patrick (deceased) and Pasty Ann.

In her earlier days, Mama was a dedicated and loving caretaker to many including small children. Mama prepared meals that she loved to share. She enjoyed gardening, collecting salt and pepper shakers, watching her many episodes of NCSI, Law and Order and old western shows.

On April 5, 1957, Mary Lou married the love of her life, William A. Norris affectionately known as “Billy” in South Carolina.  Their union of love was demonstrated for over 46 years in marriage. They believe that “no mountain was too high to climb” when it came to the love, support and guidance that they gave to their family.  A passion of Mary’s was family and it delighted her to have them around.

Mother Norris was exhilarated to be a member of Bethany Baptist Church for over 40 plus years under the leadership of the late Dr. Jake Manley, Sr.  Mother Norris served faithfully in many capacities within the ministry, Chairman of the Deaconess Board, Senior Choir; Hospitality, Pastor Aid, Golden Age, Sunday School and a Mother of the church.  Mother Norris truly loved the Lord and instilled this love in everyone who crossed her path. Mother Norris was a true dedicated wife, mother, sister, grandmother, aunt, cousin, and friend to so many.

She was predeceased by her loving husband, William Allen; her daughter, Barbara N. Brown and her grandson, Qumari A. Osborne. Mother Norris leaves to cherish her memory her loving and supporting  children, Arthur J. Snead (Rose), William “Billy Jack” M. Norris (Deborah), Kimberly R. Norris, Sarah E. Norris-Williams, Pamela C. Gibbs, Janie M. Osborne (Steve) and Darlene N. Chapman (Gregory); son-in-law, Samford C. Brown; grandchildren, William (Keshia), Ebonique, Neil, Robert, Jonathan (Lisa), Bryan, Jerrica, Victoria, Cheakaity, Je’Sika, Porsha, Kaelib, Mountee, Gregory, Jr., DaJah, Daniel and Doris Rae; great grandchildren, Bryanna, Sahara, Will, Liam, Adiah, Bryson and Nolan; a devoted sister, Pasty Ann Davis; three compassionate sisters-in-law, Annie Mae Snead, Dorothy Norris and Barbara Asson and a host of nieces, nephews, other family and friends.

Mother Norris acknowledged that there was no failure in God’s purpose, even while she went through the challenges of her health.

We celebrate her life today with thanksgiving and love, knowing that she is now resting from her labor down here into the arms of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the one who loves her the most!

Viewing Friday, November 30, 2018 Metropolitan Funeral Service 7246 Granby Street Norfolk, VA 23505 Family Receiving Friends Friday, November 30, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 7246 Granby Street Norfolk, VA 23505 Service Saturday, December 1, 2018 1:00pm Bethany Baptist Church 2587 Campostella Road Chesapeake, VA 23324 Interment Rosewood Memorial Park 631 N Witchduck Road Virginia Beach, VA 23462

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    Deli says

    I’m sorry for your loss. Please take comfort in Christ promise, John 5:28,29

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    Michael says

    Although our hearts are hurting right now, my family and I are extremely fortunate and blessed to have experienced the unconditional love and caring from Mrs. Mary and her entire family. Please continue to lean on Our Heavenly Father. With love and prayers. Romans 8:38

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    Dec Kenneth and Janie lee says

    So sorry to hear of Deaconess Norris passing, she was a very sweet lady, always gave our Deaconess board kind words of wisdom and love,Darlene and family,God will give your the strength you need God Bless from Dec Kenneth and Janie lee.

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    michael g machen says

    I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of Mother Mary Lou Norris my prayers and condolences go out to the family may you find (peace) in this time of loss.

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    Mona Lisa says

    Kim and Family,

    We are so sorry to learn of the passing of your Mom. Our hearts and thoughts are with you. She sure loved each and every one of you with all her heart.

    It is so sad to have to say goodbye to such a sweet lady. I thought about her the other day with happy thoughts and memories of her warmth and kindness. She will be missed so much but remember we will see each other again one day. She is now in good company with your Dad and other family members.

    Prayers for the family.

    Love, Mona Lisa and Family

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    Lafayette Brown and the Brown Family says

    Kim and Family,

    Our hearts are full for all of you. Mrs. Norris was a beautiful soul through and through. She was such a lovely woman with a big heart who lived a full and productive life. She had a gift of having a “special magic touch” of making people feel valued and loved. It was always a treat to spend time with her and to have been in her presence.

    Please know thoughts and prayers are with you and the entire family. So sorry to not have been able to attend the “Home-going” today but we know she is now with our Heavenly Father.

    God gained an awesome angel when she passed.

    Respectfully, Lafayette and Family

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    Cousin Lynne says

    Our prayers of comfort, peace and love to all of you during this time. Just know Aunt Mary Lou transition is well received by our Heavenly Father. Aunt Dot is lifting you all up in her prayers.
    Vr, Lynne

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