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Merle Frances Norman

September 19, 1940December 26, 2020

On December 26, 2020, her 56th wedding anniversary, Merle Norman passed away at home surrounded by family. She had battled Alzheimer’s Disease for nearly ten years.

Merle was one of five children born to Elmor and Stella Jordan on September 19, 1940. She grew up in Manchester, NH and graduated from Central High School. She went on to earn her bachelor’s degree at Keene Teacher’s College. From there, she started her career as a teacher. She became one of the first special education teachers in NH, teaching in the Hooksett School District for 37 years. Always active, Merle spent her retirement years working at Disney and continuing to help those in need. She was an accomplished quilter and member of the Heritage Quilter’s Guild. She loved crafts, gardening and most of all being with her family.

She is survived by her devoted husband, Edward Norman, Sr. who never left her side; dedicated daughter and son-in-law, Catherine and Andrew Horton; daughter-in-law, Laura Norman; grandchildren, Mackenzie and Karson Norman; sister, Irene Donahue; brother and sister-in-law Cecil and Gert Jordan; sister, Norma Jordan; brother in-law Robert Norman and partner, Grace; sister in-law Charlotte LeClair and partner, Len; sister and brother-in law, Ellen and Peter Berube and many close nieces, nephews and cousins. She will be dearly missed by all.

She was predeceased by her son, Edward Norman, Jr; parents, Elmor and Stella Jordan; sister, Eleanor Christopolous and other beloved in-laws and family members.

Service will beheld at St. Pius X Parish at 575 Candia Road Manchester NH, 03109, at 10am Tuesday January 5th 2021.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Make-A-Wish New Hampshire online ( or 814 Elm Street, Suite 300 in Manchester, NH 03101-2230.

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Charlotte LeClair

December 31, 2020

Eddie, Cathy, Andy and all the family

Over the past few years I have had the pleasure of seeing Merle in a different light. She amazed me in her ability to read greeting cards and she was not stopping until she read the whole card. She had the ability to make people smile. I day, she locked the car door after I had put her in the car and seat belt. She smiled and waved. All I could think of "What is going to say?" The key was in the car.

Her love for her family, especially her husband showed through whenever she would see them. We loved her famous words: "What did he say? Isn't that right Eddie?"

So sorry for your loss.

Sincerely and With Love,
Len and Charlotte