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Elizabeth Norris, 89, created country-ruffle masterpieces at Colonial Interiors

Elizabeth Norris

WILMINGTON — Elizabeth Norris, 89, took hold of her eternal life on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, at Lower Cape Fear Hospice Center. She was born March 20, 1928, in Manteo, N.C., to the late Luther Thomas Sr. and Annie Belle Rivenbark Strickland and will forever be known to her closest family as their “spring chicken.”

Mrs. Norris is survived by her husband of 70 years, Carlyle Timothy Norris of Wilmington. Also surviving are her children, Tim Norris, and his wife, Sherry, Sandra Carvel and Kenneth Norris; brothers, Walter Strickland, and his wife, Marylee, and Ray Strickland; sisters, Shirley Lowrey and Linda Nelson; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews who she loved.

Preceding her in death were her infant daughter, twin of Sandra; brothers, William Strickland, Luther Strickland Jr. and Robert Strickland; sisters, Catherine Matthews, Louise Teachey and Dorothy Strickland; and her beloved dog, Pebbles.

Elizabeth was a member of the Church of God. She worked for Kings Department Store until its closing, at which time she opened her own business, Colonial Interiors, where she put her fingers to work creating her “country-ruffle masterpieces,” such as curtains, bedspreads and quilts. Her husband made and she painted yard displays out of wood for all occasions.

She loved having the yard decorated to the fullest for each holiday. Although she was a “tough cookie” and a “spit fire,” as the doctors called her, she was always concerned about others and never failed to say “thank you” for anything that anyone did for her. Due to various health challenges, the last years were spent enjoying time with her family.

In honor of their grandmother, pallbearers will be granddaughters Christel Williams, and her husband, Jeff, Kelly Cook, and her husband, Brandon, and Tammy Fowler, and her husband, Joey.

A visitation will be held at 3 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 10, at Quinn McGowen Funeral Home on Willow Woods Drive, Wilmington. A funeral service will follow at 4 p.m., with son, Tim Norris, officiating. Entombment will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10, at Riverview Cemetery Mausoleum, Wallace.

The family expresses their gratitude to Well Care Home Health for all their years of care and to the Lower Cape Fear Hospice staff who treated her like a princess in her last days.

Memorial gifts may be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401.

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