CUMBERLAND Loretta Colleen Norris, 91, of Cumberland, died on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center.
Born Dec. 19, 1926, in Tunnelton, W.Va., Colleen was the daughter of the late Blanche M. (Hebb) and Vance Emerson. She was also preceded in death by her loving husband of 72 years, William A. "Bill" Norris Sr., in July 2017; and two children, Linda C. Kirtley and husband, Gary, and William A. "Bill" Norris Jr.
Colleen was the valedictorian of her sixth grade class at her elementary school in Parsons. She then attended Fort Hill High School. One of her first jobs was at the Maryland Nut Shop, and she went on to work as a food service manager at Allegany Community College, beginning in 1975. In 1993, Colleen retired, but she remained active. She was a judge for many years at the South Cumberland Halloween Parade. She volunteered at the Allegany County Museum as well as the Western Maryland Health System. She also remained extremely devoted to her church, Emmanuel Bethel United Methodist Church (now Emmanuel United Methodist Church); she held many positions in all offices there. Colleen lived for her church and her family.
In her spare time, Colleen enjoyed sewing and crocheting. Every Tuesday at 11, she watched QVC Denim and Company with her daughter, Carol. Her family knew not to disturb her during her nightly ritual of Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune. She was known for her cooking and baking, as well as her positive attitude. Colleen never complained, and anyone who met her would remark what a kind and amazing person she was. She loved her family and could not have been more proud of them. Colleen was truly the glue that held her family together.
Surviving Colleen are daughter, Carol Ann Kiiffner and husband, George; son, Gary Norris and wife, Leigh Ann; special "son," Gary Lee Often; five grandchildren, Becki Hoenicka, Amy Steckman, Beth Davis, Alicia Norris Burditt, and Gary Norris Jr.; 10 great-grandchildren, Zack Hoenicka, Luke Hoenicka, Cody Davis, Josh Hoenicka, Colton Davis, Noah Steckman, Marley Steckman, Wayland Norris, Andrea Blackburn, and Kayla Steckman; five great-great-grandchildren, Rowynn and Cage Blackburn, Cole William Hoenicka, Raelynn Hoenicka, Vivian Emerick, Cameron Perkins, and Carlie Bennett; daughter-in-law, Sue Norris McKenzie; and her big cat, Sammy, 17 years old, who was her lap companion.
The family would like to thank the staff of the fifth and sixth floors at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for the exceptional care they gave to both Colleen and the entire family.
Friends will be received at the Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 24 Humbird St., Cumberland, on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
A funeral service will follow immediately at 1 p.m.
Interment will be in Maryland State Veteran's Cemetery, Rocky Gap.
In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorial donations be made to Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 24 Humbird Street, Cumberland, MD 21502.
Condolences for the family may be left at www.ScarpelliFH.com.
Published on January 9, 2018