Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Glendora Norris, 1856-1940

Daily Iowegian - 17 April 1940
Glendora Norris County Pioneer Taken By Death
Had Lived on the Norris Farmstead
North of Numa For a Period of 75 Years
  Glendora Norris, 84, pioneer resident of Appanoose county in the vicinity of Numa, died at her home north of that city at 5:30 a.m. today, following ill health over the past several months. Miss Norris was born in Davis county, the daughter of Jacob and Mary Jane Norris, Feb. 14, 1856.
  She moved with her parents to Appanoose county at the age of nine and settled with them on the Norris homestead a short distance north of Numa where she has continued to live for a period of three quarters of a century.
Thirteen Children
  There were 13 children in the family and when the mother died while Glendora and her sister Phoebe were still in their teens, they took over the responsibilities of the household and cared for the other 11 children. In late years Glendora and Phoebe had continued at the farmstead and had been aided by a brother-in-law, J. E. Dursham [Dershem].
  Of the family, five children survive and are as follows: Lewis Norris of Centerville, Rt. 3, Guthrie Norris of Marshalltown, Charlie Norris of Cincinnati,m Mrs. Lana Brown of Ames and Phoebe at home.
Church Worker
  Miss Norris was an ardent worker in the Methodist church and went first with her family to Bellair church and later was a charter member of the first Numa Methodist church and also of the present place of worship that supplanted it. She was active in the Aid society and in Sunday school work and was perhaps one of the oldest members.
  Her death will be mourned by a host of friends and relatives. Funeral services are to be held at the Jerome Methodist church at 2:00 o'clock Friday. Effort is being made to secure the services of the former Rev. Shook of this city.
  Miss Norris's mother was buried at Jerome before there was a cemetery at Numa and the funeral is being held at Jerome where interment will be made beside the parent. 

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