Violet Lee Norris, also known as Patty, age 79, of Boone, passed away Tuesday, December 2, 2021 at Watauga Medical Center. Born April 4, 1942 in Watauga County, she was a daughter of Russell and Bina Winebarger Norris. Patty was a graduate of Appalachian High School and a life-long member of Tabernacle Baptist Church.
Due to a number of health concerns, she had spent the last 20 years-plus in local assisted living and nursing care facilities, where she was well loved by staff, residents and their families. She was active in most all facility events and served as President of the Residents Council for several years at Deerfield Assisted Living. She claimed the title of Valentine's Queen several times at Deerfield and at Glenbridge Health and Rehabilitation, where she last resided.
In 2016, she was named Facility Resident of the Year by the Watauga County Senior Services Coalition and was honored at its annual Senior Adult Expo at Boone Mall.
She was known for her compassion to others, her great sense of humor and good attitude, regardless of the circumstances.
She loved God most of all and had a deep love for her family and always enjoyed their calls and visits, even at the window when inside visits were not allowed. She especially enjoyed pulling pranks on her nephews at family gatherings.
Miss Norris is survived by her sister, Della Pruitt, brothers, Van Norris and wife, Sherrie and Keith Norris, all of Boone; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Dallas Norris; sister, Eula Byers and infant sister, Freida Kay Norris.
Funeral services for Patty Norris will be private.
Miss Norris will lie in repose Saturday afternoon, December 11 at Austin & Barnes Funeral Home from noon until 5 PM for the public to pay respects.
The Norris family would like to offer special thanks to the many facility staff members and volunteers who were so good to Patty through the years and who helped make her life easier and more enjoyable. A special thanks to those most recently who spent quality time with her in her room helping her work on puzzles, and those who went over and above their job duties to do special things for her. She "adopted" several of the staff members at Glenbridge and referred to them as her own children.
The family requests that memorials in Patty's honor be made to the Activities Department at Glenbridge Health and Rehabilitation, 211 Milton Brown Heirs Rd. Boone NC 28607.
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Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Norris family.