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Betty Ellen (Scharr) Norris

Betty Ellen (Scharr) NorrisBetty Ellen (Scharr) NorrisBetty Ellen (Scharr) Norris, age 86, of Bradenton, FL, died Feb. 28, 2014. She was a daughter of Herman and Mary (Katzenberger) Scharr, and wife of Marvin J. Norris for 65 years.

Betty started work in a ball bearing factory during WWII, then while farming with her husband, drove tractors, baled hay and kept the farm books. Once the family moved to Florida she worked at the Shopping Guide, Hoods Dairy, and then Ellis Bank; retiring from NCNB (Bank of America) as administrative secretary to the Board of Directors.  Upon retiring she traveled with her husband across the country and in Europe with Elder Hostel.

She enjoyed planning and hosting family parties and the times she spent with her Bunko friends.  Everyone was graciously welcomed into her home. Throughout life her hobbies included making candles, painting murals and furniture, weaving baskets, caning furniture, collecting chickens and red glass, writing Christmas family poems, and quilting for family members.  She volunteered at the Art League (ArtCenter Manatee). 

Despite a long battle with cancer she was charming to the end. Betty's caring love was felt deeply by her four daughters and two foster daughters. Always young at heart, especially with her husband as they were often seen holding hands.

She is survived by her husband, Marvin; her daughters, Vickie (Rick Tang) Norris of Healdsburg, CA, Gwen Norris of Bradenton, FL, Jill Norris of Lee, FL, Bernice (Donald) Muschlitz of Gahanna, OH; and Robin (John) Moreland of Bradenton, FL; seven grandchildren, and one great grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters, Lora (Clyde) Steinbach, Edna (Harvey) Lash, Ann (Carl) Anderson, and Effie (Harley) Hampton; and foster daughter, Martha Millington Helsley.

A memorial service will be held March 15 at 11 a.m. at Groover Funeral Home, 1400 36th Ave E (Ellenton-Gillett Rd), Ellenton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to the ArtCenter Manatee (941) 746-2862 or Manatee Tidwell Hospice philanthropy 855-843-3935 x 7597.