OBITUARY

Lois H. Norris

August 14, 1936September 7, 2021
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Lois Helen Samson Norris, age 85, of Louisville, passed away on September 7, 2021. She was born on August 14, 1936 in Ashland, Kentucky, to the late Smith and Irma Samson. She was a retired property tax clerk with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, the city clerk for the City of Hollow Creek for over 20 years, and a former teacher in the Jefferson County Public Schools. Lois graduated from Ashland High School in 1954 and from Eastern Kentucky University in 1958. As a resident of Hollow Creek in Louisville, Lois was a member of Pilgrim Lutheran Church for over 40 years. After the closing of Pilgrim Lutheran Church, she became a member of Peace Lutheran Church where she attended services for the past 15 years. To her children and grandchildren, she was the most selfless person they have ever known. She gave her all to her family. Of all the hats she wore in her life, Lois answered most frequently to “Mom” and “Grandma.” She loved her family immensely, and that love was surpassed only by the love her family had for her. She enjoyed family gatherings at her Louisville home, where she raised her five children and lived for 56 years. As an avid fan of the Kentucky Derby, Lois enjoyed collecting Kentucky Derby mint julep glasses. She was also a longtime member of the Serenity Hikers and traveled across the South and Midwest on hiking trips. She had a lifelong love for reading and for animals. The list of pets she had is too numerous to mention here, but her most beloved of all were a dog, Floyd, and a cat, Rusty, who survives her. Lois is survived by her five children and their spouses: Andrea and Joe Lapp of Raleigh, North Carolina, Scott and Sherrie Norris of Glendale, Kentucky, Keith and Elizabeth Norris of Fairfield, Ohio, Rick and Karen Norris of Crestwood, Kentucky, and John and Katie Norris of Taylorsville, Kentucky; her grandchildren: Amanda, Tyler, April, Sarah, Madison, Savannah, Sarah, and Samantha; her sister Dolores Samson, of Rapid River, Michigan; and two brothers, Wayne Samson of Gladstone, Michigan and Dan Samson of Escanaba, Michigan. In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her longtime companion, Erwin “Erv” Heimstaedt, with whom she enjoyed dining out and going to plays at Derby Dinner Playhouse, and with whom she traveled to Germany, Ireland, Alaska, Hawaii, Niagara Falls, and many other places. Andrea, Scott, Keith, Rick, John and their families would like to express their gratitude for all of the cards, letters, phone calls, flowers, and well-wishes during our mother, mother in law, and grandmother’s illness. In addition, the family would like to thank the staff at Baptist Health Louisville hospital, Magnolia Springs East Louisville, Glen Ridge Health Campus, and Hosparus Health for the excellent care they provided for Lois. Visitation will be held from 11 AM to 2 PM on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at Arch L. Heady at Resthaven Funeral Home (4400 Bardstown Road Louisville, Kentucky 40218), with funeral services to follow at 2 PM. Expressions of sympathy and gifts in Lois’ memory may be made to Hosparus Health or Peace Lutheran Church in Louisville, Kentucky.

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, September 14, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, September 14, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Tuesday, September 14, 2021

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Matthew Schneider

September 13, 2021

Rick, John, Keith, Scott, and Andrea, your mom was one of the nicest, sweetest people I’ve known. It was great growing up next to you guys. Some of my favorite childhood memories are you (along with my brothers) insane antics, and your mom was always there watching and making me feel welcome.

My favorite memory will always be seeing your mom in the woods behind our house on Downs Branch, every afternoon, walking Floyd, and smiling. She was never in a hurry, and she always stopped to say hello and see how I was doing. I was a shy kid, but your mom was always so kind and I always looked forward to seeing her.

My deepest sympathies, and know that your mom left a lasting impression of genuine kindness on all of us.

Mark Schneider

September 10, 2021

As next-door neighbors, I knew Lois my whole life. I've never known Lois as anything other than one of the most caring, compassionate, and empathetic people around. There are so many good memories growing up with the Norris's, it's hard to pick just a few. But through them all, Lois was always patient and supportive of everything we did. Whether it was playing Atari video games in her family room, basketball on the driveway late into the evening, our annual golf tournaments, or rolling car tires down the hill in the backyard, Lois never once complained about our antics and seemed to enjoy them as much as we did.

Lois's kind heart towards animals and wildlife is another thing that will always stand out to me. She always loved her dogs and cats very much. Later in her life, she was committed to caring for a family of stray cats that made her back deck home. For years, she never missed a day of feeding them and making sure they had shelter. She also made sure the birds, squirrels, raccoons, etc, that frequented her yard were more than welcome to call her yard their home, too.

To Andrea, Scott, Keith, Rick, and John, your mom will always live on, not just through the memories, but through her spirit and positive energy that will always be there.

Your friend, Mark (aka Egg, Chin's, Son, and Schneid).

Mary Jo Schneider

September 10, 2021

Much love to you dear friend and to your family. We were next door neighbors for almost 30 years and shared some wonderful talks.
Watching Andrea, Scott, Keith, Rick and Baby John grow up were great memories.
Lois you were such a kind beautiful person.
Love to all.
Mary Jo

Dawn Stemle

September 9, 2021

Growing up next to the Norris family not only gave me my childhood best friends, but also a second mom in Mrs. Norris. So many memories…the times she would load all of us in her station wagon and take us to McDonald’s and the movies, the stray dogs and cats we would bring to her and inevitably convince her to keep, bologna sandwiches on her back deck, long walks back in the hollow with her and Floyd… and even as I got older she always made a point to come to special events like my wedding showers, baby showers, and even those of my children. She was such a great lady, patient to a fault, kind and compassionate. We all loved her a lot and our thoughts and prayers are with all of you guys - Andrea, Scott, Keith, Rick, and John - and your families.

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