Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel

112 N 9Th Street, Payette, ID


Margaret Joanne Norvell

February 3, 1945August 14, 2019
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Margaret Joanne Norvell, age 74, of Payette passed away Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at a care facility in Payette. A Rosary will be held at 7:00 PM Tuesday August 20, 2019 at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Fruitland, ID. Memorial Mass will be held at 10:00 AM Wednesday August 21, 2019 at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Fruitland. Fr. Camillo Garcia will officiate. Interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery in Payette, ID. Condolences may be made to Joanne’s family at www.shaffer-jensenchapel.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel. 208-642-3333.

Joanne was born at Holy Rosary Hospital in Ontario, OR, on February 3, 1945, to Robert Henry Norvell and Lorraine (Kizzier) Norvell. She spent most of her entire life in Payette, ID. She had an ideal childhood being raised in a special neighborhood with the rest of “The Westside Gang!!!” Friends that have remained close all these years.

Joanne attended schools in Payette and graduated from high school in 1963. She was very active in school and was voted “Most Friendliest” by her classmates; a title that she has carried through her whole life. Joanne is most remembered in high school for her car-“Pinky and her Power Glide”, hosting all the after game parties in her basement, and for always having the right shoes for the right outfit-since her dad owned Norvell’s Shoe store.

She attended Boise Junior College for one year and Treasure Valley Community College for one year. She accepted her first job with Payette School District as special education aide. She held this job for over 40 years. She took such pride in being able to help her students in and out of class.

Joanne had been active in the Holy Family / Corpus Christi Catholic community all her life. She sang in the choir, taught Life Teen, worked harvest dinners, funeral dinners and coffee hours. Her beautiful and tasty cakes were wonderful addition to many a fundraiser. She was a member of the Council of Catholic Women at the parish, state and regional levels. She held many offices and enjoyed traveling to conventions as long as her health allowed.

She belonged to Beta Sigma Phi Sorority for almost 50 years. She held many offices and was a Chapter Sweetheart. She loved her “sisters”.

Joanne was involved with her friend, Joanne Fulkerson, in J J Kreations. They provided a catering service for many functions in the valley. After they dissolved, Joanne continued to bake her delicious cakes for everyone.

Joanne enjoyed many hobbies. Some of her favorites were cooking, picture taking, scrapbooking and watching BSU Football.

Joanne was always happy and loved life. She was especially fond of all kinds of music, Mickey Mouse, The Green Tree On Saturdays, after church times with Cuppi, Thanksgiving with Manser’s, Christmas Eves with Dragoo’s and chocolate – lots of chocolate.

If you had a privilege to have known Joanne, you are better person for it. She will be missed by so many - M-IC…see you soon K-E-Y why because we love you….

She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her Church Community, Beta Sigma Phi Sisters, “The Westside Gang”, several cousins and so many friends that she called family.

Memorials may be made to the Corpus Christi Building Fund C/O Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel P.O. Box 730 Payette, ID 83661.


  • Robert Henry Norvell, Father (deceased)
  • Edith Lorraine (Kizzier) Norvell, Mother (deceased)
  • Church Community, Church
  • Beta Sigma Phi Sisters, Sorority
  • "The Westside Gang", Friends
  • Many Cousins, and so many friends that she called family!

  • Jeff Manser, Active Bearer
  • Mike Hanigan, Active Bearer
  • Ben Judson, Active Bearer
  • Drew Judson, Active Bearer
  • Kelly Henggeler, Active Bearer
  • Brad Bartolome, Active Bearer
  • Jay Bartolome, Active Bearer
  • Kevin Hanigan, Active Bearer


  • Vigil Prayer Service Tuesday, August 20, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Wednesday, August 21, 2019


Margaret Joanne Norvell

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Ruth and Randy Smith

September 9, 2019

Randy and I loved Joanne too. She was fun to be around and was a very special friend. My sister Sarah Greif Olson and our classmates from the "61" and "62" class blogs let us know that Joanne had passed on. The Bible says, "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His Saints", and she was one of them. It was special to read all of the notes and see the pictures people shared for all of us to remember Joanne.

Gary and Kathleen Schrecongost

August 22, 2019

What a special lady she was. She always had a perfect smile. RIP Joanne.

Barbara Brogan Diener

August 19, 2019

Someone people loved to be around.
Always had a smile and a giggle.
Hard worker in the Payette School District, and a living daughter.
She will be remembered by many!

Gary Griffin

August 19, 2019

There isn’t a memory of our holidays in Idaho that doesn’t include Aunt Joanne. Her kind and gentle presence will forever be part of those memories. And boy could she work the room!!! She’d greet every single one of us with a smile and her genuine interest - never expecting much in return from our rowdy group. She’ll be missed.

Sara Lee

August 18, 2019

Joanne welcomed me and each of my kids as they came along with open arms. She was such a sweet and loving lady. Kiani and I will always remember the birthday that Joanne gave her the Blues Clues chair that Ki loved. We were blessed to have known her.

Leila Simonsen

August 18, 2019

I knew Joanne and her family almost from the time we moved to Payette in 1952. We lived in the same neighborhood, my children all attended Westside School which must have been her second home, as it’s impossible to think of it without Joanne’s smiling face. She was the most humble, giving person imaginable. The church and the whole valley has suffered an immeasurable loss.

Linda Ambalong (Nugent)

August 18, 2019

Was there a student in the past 50 years that didn't know Joanne? My memory is her always having a smile on her face and offering to help. RIP sweet soul!

Kelly Williams

August 18, 2019

In 2011, our daughter, Grace, was undergoing treatment for leukemia and was not allowed to attend 1st grade at the primary school while her immune system was compromised. Joanne provided tutoring services for Grace in our home during that time in an effort to ensure Grace didn't fall behind in her curriculum. Joanne was so patient with Grace who, oftentimes, was too sick to be very cooperative. We are so appreciative of Joanne's compassion and efforts to help keep Grace from falling behind in her studies. Our thoughts and condolences go out to her family.

Patricia Brogan Horyna

August 18, 2019

So many wonderful memories of the Novell family! Joanne was always in the mix with her smile and helpful ways Rest In Peace

Carol Underwood

August 18, 2019

She was a wonderful person can't believe you are gone. You were a wonderful person me