Louise M. Norris, 98 of Tampa, Florida passed away on March 21, 2023. She was born in Tampa, Florida and her family moved to Arcadia on the old home place so that her father could look after the orange grove inherited by her mother and her siblings.
After graduating high school, she returned to Tampa and completed a business course before entering the work force at Emory Riddle Aeronautical Institute. During this time, she enlisted and proudly served in the Spars (United States Coast Guard) during WWII.
After her discharge, she met her husband, Alexander who was a paratrooper in the United States Army and stationed overseas where they lived in Italy and travelled with their children to various countries including Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria, and Holland. When Mr. Norris passed away, she and her children returned to Tampa. She then later moved to Land O Lakes, Florida.
She retired after 24 years as an executive secretary from USF. She then volunteered with St. Joseph Women’s Hospital auxiliary for 18 years in the gift shop as their bookkeeper.
Louise was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She enjoyed her church, collecting cast iron banks, and Tom Clark figurines.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Alexander Norris, sons Ronald Keith Norris and James Alexander Norris, parents, J.P. and Ada DeVane, and brother, James De Vane. She is survived by her daughter, Susan (Jeff) White, daughter-in-law, Karen Norris, 6 grandchildren, and 7 great grandchildren.
Ms. Louise Norris lived an exciting life that some of us can only imagine or read about in books. She is loved by many and will be truly missed by all of those that had the pleasure of knowing her.
In lieu of flowers please donate in Louise’s name toHPH Hospice.