Gladys Garvin Norrie
September 27, 1914 - May 12, 2014
Gladys G. Norrie passed peacefully into the loving arms of her savior as she slept on the morning of May 12 in Woodburn. Born to John and Martha Garvin in Bemidji, Minn., Gladys eventually moved to Crookston, Minn. where she married Duane W. Norrie, who preceded her in death in 2001.
Together, they farmed a small piece of land outside Crookston until a career change for Duane brought them into town, where Gladys continued her teaching career. Over the years, Gladys taught many different elementary grades in Crookston, Minn., Riverdale, N.D., The Dalles, Mill City and Sweet Home. Besides serving elementary students, Gladys loved tutoring special needs students in her opportunity room in many of these schools. In addition to these significant contributions to the lives of children, she served in her local church wherever they lived, usually as a leader in childrens ministries. The impact she had on hundreds of young lives is part of her lasting legacy. Gladys enjoyed being a homemaker as well, especially caring for her children and grandchildren over the years. Wonderful memories were made for all the family during the years Gladys and Duane lived in Sweet Home on the banks of the South Santiam River. Finally retiring with Duane to Woodburn, they enjoyed several years with their many friends in the Senior Estates and then at Cascade Park Retirement Community.
Gladys is survived by her two sons Ken (and Linda) Norrie of Boise, Idaho, and Roger (and Mary) Norrie of Vancouver, Wash., four grandchildren Mike Norrie and Pam Pease (children of Ken) and Holly Mahnke and David Norrie (children of Roger) and 13 great-grandchildren. Her loving example of selfless service to those around her will be remembered and missed.
A memorial service will be held at Cascade Park Retirement Community, 950 N. Cascade Drive in Woodburn June 7 at 2 p.m.