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Edna Louise Harrison Norris, of Spanish Fort, Ala., died Sunday, January 16, 2011.
Mrs. Norris was born Feb. 16, 1926, in Knoxville, Tenn., to Professor Thomas Barrett Harrison and Mary Edna Shelley Harrison.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Tommy.
Survivors include her loving husband of 61 years, Homer Stanley “Stan” Norris, one of the “Erwin Nine”; their children, Robert Norris, Mascot, William Norris and wife, Jennifer McClain Norris, Fairhope, Ala., and Jean Yeager and husband, E. Martin Yeager, Houston, Texas; grandchildren, Kerri Norris Brock and Michael Norris, both of Knoxville, Thomas Norris and wife, Ashley, of Birmingham, Ala., and Frank Norris, John Norris, Afan Swan and Walt Swan, all of Fairhope, Ala., Harrison Yeager, Austin, Texas, and Barrett Yeager and Lawson Yeager, both of Houston, Texas.
Mrs. Norris graduated with a degree in business administration from the University of Tennessee, where she was editor of the Orange and White newspaper, president of the Panhellenic Council and vice president of Phi Mu sorority. She was a member of several honorary fraternities, including Mortar Board. She was chosen Outstanding Sophomore, a Torchbearer, and was listed in “Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities.”
She worked with the Atomic Energy Commission in Oak Ridge, before becoming a housewife. As the family moved over the years, she kept busy raising their three children, volunteering at schools, church and in the community. She volunteered her time to help others in any way she could, always putting others’ needs before her own. Known for her infectious laughter, gracious attitude, kindness, and willingness to serve others, Mrs. Norris was the kind of friend everyone wanted to have. Her hobbies included golf, bridge, traveling, garden club, mahjong, photography and painting.
Mrs. Norris was a member of the Spanish Fort United Methodist Church before moving from Columbia, Tenn., to the retirement community of Westminster Village in Alabama in 2004.
A memorial service was held at Wolfe-Bayview Funeral Home in Fairhope, Ala., Saturday, Jan. 22, at 2 p.m. The Rev.  Debora  Bishop  officiated. 
Memorial donations may be made online to the Alzheimer’s Association at
Wolfe-Bayview Funeral Home was in charge.