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NORMA A (GREENWOOD) MORRIS
July 23, 1935 ~ June 13, 2023 (age 87) 87 Years Old
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July 23, 1935 - June 13, 2023
Norma Ann Morris, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and friend, passed away peacefully on June 13, 2023, after a courageous battle with Alzheimer's disease. She was 87 years old.
Norma was born and raised in Waltham, Massachusetts, where she spent her early years surrounded by a large and loving family. She later lived in Newton, Marlboro, and Leominster, Massachusetts, creating a lifetime of cherished memories in these communities.
Norma was the daughter of Dorothy Lavoie and Charles Greenwood. She grew up alongside her siblings: Charles (Charlie), Dorothy (Janet), Richard (Dicky), Ronald (Ronnie), James (Jimmy), Elaine, John (Johnny), and William (Billy). Norma's family was an essential part of her life, and she cherished the moments they shared together.
Norma was blessed with five children: Keith, Maryellen, Gayle, Theresa, and Edward. She found great joy in being a mother and dedicated herself to raising her children with love and care. Norma's legacy lives on through her many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins, who will continue to honor her memory by living their lives to the fullest.
Throughout her life, Norma pursued various professions, leaving her mark in different industries. In the 1960s, she worked as an electronics assembler at Itek. In the 1970s, Norma became an Avon Representative and a talented figurine painter. In the 1980s and 1990s, she served as an inventory manager at Frye Boots & Rockport. Norma approached her work with dedication and integrity, leaving a lasting impression on those she encountered.
Norma often shared stories from her childhood, reflecting on the resilience and resourcefulness that defined her generation. She recounted the hardships of the Great Depression, recalling how her family couldn't afford candy and instead enjoyed rolling up balls of bread and dipping them in sugar. Norma also spoke of her contribution to the war effort during World War II, where she collected metal items for donation. Growing up, Norma shouldered responsibility beyond her years, helping to raise her younger siblings and assuming the role of a mother from a tender age.
In addition to her accomplishments and life experiences, Norma had many passions and quirks that endeared her to those around her.
She was often seen engrossed in romance novels, wearing her fuzzy slippers and outdated 'cat-eye' glasses. Norma possessed an uncanny skill for card games, earning her the reputation of an annoyingly good card shark. She delighted in disco roller-skating competitions and proudly held the distinction of being the last member of the "never had a license or ever drove a car" club. Norma's sharp Boston accent and quick wit brought laughter and joy to those who knew her best.
Her response to personal questions often included her trademark humor: "What are ya, writing a book? Well, leave that chapter out."
Norma was a dedicated student of her Christian faith, finding solace and strength in her beliefs throughout her life.
A private Ceremony and Celebration of Life will be held for immediate family members at a later date, allowing them to remember and honor Norma's life together. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made to an Alzheimer's fund, supporting vital research and assistance for those affected by this devastating disease.