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Irene Norris

Irene Arbutus Norris (Elswick)

Thursday, July 3rd, 1924 - Sunday, November 10th, 2019
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South Glens Falls

Irene Arbutus Elswick Norris, 95, passed away peacefully November 10, 2019 surrounded by her loving family. She was born July 3, 1924 in Minden, W.V. the daughter of William Roy and Alice Sophronia (Dunkley) Elswick.

After high school Irene joined the war effort by moving to Elkton, MD to work at the Triumph Explosives munitions factory in Elkton, Maryland, making machine gun shells and detonators. In 1944 she moved with her mother to California and worked as a welder at the Kaiser Shipyards in Richmond. Her personal story is recorded at the Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front Museum in that city and is also available online.

Irene married her Navy sailor, Laurence Leander Norris, Jr., of Detroit, MI on April 7, 1945. They moved the family to South Glens Falls in 1954 and remained there for over 65 years where Irene was kept very busy raising eight children. She was a talented cook, baker, and seamstress and passed those skills on to her children. A woman of high standards, she was a devoted wife and mother whose selfless example was a living blueprint to be followed by her children she so lovingly raised.

She was predeceased by her husband of 60 years, Laurence, all ten of her siblings, one son, William David Norris, and a granddaughter, Carrie Irene (Sullivan) Geraci.

She is survived by five daughters; Kathleen (Helmut) Erhardt, of New Bern, N.C., Ramona Bearor and her companion, Will Fletcher, of So. Glens Falls, N.Y., Blanche (Dennis) Sullivan of Prescott Valley, AZ, Mary (Daniel) Rice, of Keyport, N.J., and Susanne (Terry) Lewis of Hudson Falls, N.Y. and two sons, Laurence Norris III of So. Glens Falls, N.Y. and Richard Norris (Annie) of Camden, ME. She is also survived by 15 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Irene’s family wishes to express their thanks to the compassionate staff of Community Hospice of Saratoga for their care during her last days.

Friends may call from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21, at M.B. Kilmer Funeral Home, 136 Main St., South Glens Falls, N.Y.

A funeral service will be held Friday, Nov. 22, at 11a.m.at the First Baptist Church, 1721 Rt 9, South Glens Falls, with burial following in the Southside Cemetery, Gansevoort Rd, South Glens Falls.

Donations may be made in Irene’s memory to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, N.Y. 12866.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, November 21st, 2019 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    When
    Thursday, November 21st, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Location
    M.B. Kilmer Funeral Home - SGF
    Address
    136 Main Street
    SOUTH GLENS FALLS, NY 12803
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  • Service

    Friday, November 22nd, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Friday, November 22nd, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    First Baptist Church of South Glens Falls
    Address
    1721 Route 9
    SOUTH GLENS FALLS, NY 12803
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  • Interment

    Location
    Southside Cemetery
    Address
    Route 32 Town of Moreau
    South Glens Falls, NY 12803
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    Burial will follow the funeral service in the Southside Cemetery, Gansevoort Rd, South Glens Falls.

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Donations are being accepted for: Community Hospice of Saratoga.

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Karen Allen

Posted at 07:03am
To Mary, Dan and their children and grandchildren...please accept our condolences. She was a great woman and raised in each of you precious talents and abilities. She set a path of hard work, love of family and love of her Heavenly Father...follow in her steps. She has earned her rest...at 95 wonderful years. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with each of you! Mary, I see her smile, twinkle and spunk in you! Love, The Allens
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Heartfelt Sympathies Store

Posted at 09:10am
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sending peace and comfort during this difficult time. Love, Jeanne, Jenny and Nancy
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Vicki McGough

Posted at 05:14pm
To Rick and family, I am very sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom. She was a remarkable woman! God Bless all of you at this difficult time. Peace be with you. Sincerely, Vicki Hume McGough
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