Clore-English Funeral Home

11190 James Monroe Highway, Culpeper, VA


Nora Emanuel Groover

May 14, 1925December 29, 2019

Nora Emanuel Groover of Culpeper, VA passed away on December 29, 2019 at The Culpeper at the age of 94. Nora was born in Eau Claire, WI on May 14, 1925, the third born child of William Frederick Emanuel and Phoebe Dunn Emanuel. When Nora was a young child, her mother Phoebe passed away. Nora was lovingly raised by her stepmother, Rose Kinkar Emanuel. She was preceded in death by her ex-husband and father of her children, Charles Lawrence Groover, Sr.. She is survived by her three children, John Groover of Austin, Texas (wife Lorrie Kelly Groover); Tim Groover of Forest, VA (wife Beth Broman Groover); and Carol Timmerman of Amissville, VA (husband Mark Timmerman). She also is survived by her constantly loving and supportive nephew, Peter Steketee of Manassas, VA (wife Sheila Noonan Steketee).

Nora was affectionately known as Gramma Nonie by her 9 grandchildren, 2 of whom preceded her in death: Brittany and Blair, 7 of whom survive her: Seth, Jake, Linde, Jordan, Samantha, Kyle, and Carly, and 4 great-grandchildren, Tyler, Katie, Mackenzie, and Lane. Nora relocated from Wisconsin to Washington D.C. in the early 1950’s and was hired by Elizabeth Arden Inc. as a hairdresser. After winning several national styling competitions, Nora was selected to be Mamie Eisenhower’s personal hairdresser while she and President Dwight Eisenhower resided in the White House. She moved to Culpeper in 1964 with her three children and opened “Nora’s Beauty Box,” a boutique hair salon she operated from her home. For decades Nora was blessed with a loyal clientele from the Culpeper and Rappahannock County areas. She stayed active as a hairdresser for over 60 years and cherished the chance to brighten people’s days with lively conversation and a “shampoo and set”.

Nora lived a life that stands as a testimony of faith to all who crossed her path. She was dearly loved and will very much be missed. All who knew her were indeed blessed to be part of her life.

A memorial service will be held at Nora’s church, The Culpeper Christian Fellowship, on Saturday, January 18 at 1 pm. A brief visitation and reception will follow. The family requests that any gifts in Nora’s memory be made to the Culpeper Christian Fellowship Church.



  • Memorial Service Saturday, January 18, 2020


  • Visitation and Reception to follow service


Nora Emanuel Groover

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Gary Deal

January 4, 2020

Carol, Tim, and John, so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you.

Kimberly Blankenbaker-Graham

January 3, 2020

My sincere condolences to Tim, Carol and John. Nora cut my hair numerous times. The most memorable cut was for my senior picture when I went in with hair down to my waist and left with hair above my shoulders. Such a lovely lady. I'm so sorry for your loss.

Stephanie Snead

January 3, 2020

I remember going to Nora’s with my mother and possibly grandmother and aunt when they got their hair done. Pretty sure Nora must have cut my hair too. I remember playing with Carol and always enjoyed spending time there. My condolences to the family.

Lisa Jarrells

January 3, 2020

Carol and I were best friends in school while growing up. Ms Nora was the sweetest kindest lady you would ever want to meet. She stole everyone's heart that she met. She will greatly be missed. To her family im so very sorry for your loss

Angela Chapman

January 3, 2020

John, Tim and Family,
My deepest sympathy and heartfelt prayers to the Groover Family. May God be with you as your Mother adorns Heaven’s everlasting garden. Always keep her precious memories close to your hearts as she will always be with each of you. Mrs. Groover is now resting in the arms of God.
Lovingly and God Bless, Angela Jeffers Chapman, Culpeper, Va.

Emily May

January 1, 2020

I had the pleasure of being one of Mrs. Groovers aids during her stay at The Culpeper. From the second I met her, I loved her. I looked forward to coming into work every day knowing that a lot of my time would be spent in her room. We shared so many laughs, even some tears. We got into a routine at bedtime and before she went to sleep, she would kiss my cheek and sometimes hold my hand / pray for me. I know that she is at peace and happy to be in her forever home. Her presence was something I’ll never forget. The sweetest smile, most gentle hugs, and kind spirit. My heart hurts for the ones she left behind, but beams with joy knowing she is dancing in the sky. I’ll never forget the months I got to spend with her and I’ll cherish the memories forever.