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May 4, 2013

Thirsie Imogene Bettis Norris

Feb. 8, 1919 - May 1, 2013

Thirsie Imogene Bettis Norris, 94, Fordyce, Ark., and formerly Kokomo, passed from this life and went to be with her Lord on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, in a nursing home.

She was born Feb. 8, 1919, in Salem, Ark., and later moved to Poughkeepsie, Ark., where she met and married the love of her life, Don Taylor Norris, to whom she was married for 67 years. She lived most of her married life in Poughkeepsie and Kokomo.

She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was known as the historian of Sharp County, Ark. People from all over the United States called her to ask about their family trees. She loved to work in her flower beds and gardens, sew, crochet and quilt. She was a member of Little Springs Missionary Baptist Church of Poughkeepsie, Ark., and faithfully attended as long as she was able.

She is survived by one brother, Delbert Bettis, Poughkeepsie, Ark.; one daughter, Sandra Smead and husband Ronald Smead, Kingsland, Ark.; one son, Nathan Norris and wife Kay Candlish Norris, Judsonia, Ark.; grandchildren, Donis Smead and wife Missy, Deann Smead Smith and husband DeWayne, Renee Smead McKelvin and husband Mike, Forrest (Captain) Smead and wife Jenny, Stephanie Norris Wade and husband Randy, and Jonathan Norris and wife Terry; great-grandchildren, Rachelle Wade, Kyler Wade, Stephen Norris, David Norris, Cathrine Smead Phillips, Kreg Smead, Katelyn Smead, Curt Smead, Dayla Smith, Denver Smith, Dawsyn Smith, Mitchell McKelvin, Clayton McKelvin, Bradley McKelvin, Ross Smead and Case Smead; and one great-great-grandson, Riley Gatewood; and a host of other relatives and great friends.  

She was preceded in death by her parents, Leslie and Emma Bettis; her husband, Don Norris; one brother, William Leslie Bettis; and one granddaughter, Judy Suzanne Smead.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. today at the Little Springs Missionary Baptist Church in Poughkeepsie, Ark. Burial will follow in the Spotts Cemetery, located at Poughkeepsie, with arrangements by Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City. Pallbearers will be Donis Smead, DeWayne Smith, Mike McKelvin, Forrest (Captain) Smead, Randy Wade and Jonathan Norris.

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