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Nancy Anne Norris

Nancy Anne Norris, 63 of New Virginia, Iowa and formerly of Grand Ridge passed away Monday (July 13, 2020) in Grand Ridge after a lengthily illness.

Following cremation, a visitation will be held Thursday from 4- 7 pm at the Grand Ridge Funeral Home.

Nancy was born on December 14, 1956 in Streator to George and Marge (Nicklin) Balke.  She married Paul Norris on June 20, 1995.  He survives.

Also surviving are son, Henry (Tricia Clingman) Rice of Iowa, step-daughter Rebecca Lynn Norris of Iowa,  1 grand dog Sheba and 4 step-grandchildren, her mother Marge Balke of Grand Ridge, sisters; Lori (Dave) Wakeman of Streator and Julene (Bob) Buckley of Grand Ridge, nephews; Steve and Jeff Wakeman, Joe, Jake and Jessie Buckley and several aunts and uncles.

She is preceded in death by her father and a brother Gregory Balke.

Nancy attended Grand Ridge Grade School and graduated from Ottawa High School in 1975.  She was employed as a medical transcriptionist at the VA Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa. Nancy enjoyed playing cards, collecting cows, making pumpkin rolls and volunteering her time with the Grand Ridge Community Fest every year.

Memorials may be made in her name to the Pink Tractor Foundation in C/O of her family, Grand Ridge Fire Department or a charity of the donors choice.

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I will always remember Nancy as a person who stepped right up and welcomed me to New Virginia and made me feel really welcome. She was a kind and friendly yet quiet in her own ways. She was a very hard working women who never let a challenge stop her form doing her work. She will be missed by those who knew her kind hearted ways.

Reba Reed Jul 21 2020 12:00 AM

I worked with Nancy in the laboratory at the VA. I knew absolutely nothing about medical transcription or pathology, and she taught me everything I know. She was so kind, patient, and helpful to me. She was also there for emotional support for me when my mother passed away. She was such a bright light in this world. Working alongside her was a true joy. I will miss her sense of humor but will carry her wisdom with me always. My deepest sympathies go out to her family. Please know she was a highly cherished member of the VA family as well.

Katherine Kereszturi Jul 17 2020 12:00 AM

I worked with Nancy at the VA and really enjoyed her positive attitude, even if we did make sarcastic remarks. She was a very sweet lady and will be missed. Fly high my friend. Sending prayers for the family.

Lesa Brill Jul 15 2020 12:00 AM

I'm very sorry for your loss. Nancy was a very nice lady who I met through Henry years ago. My heart goes out to you all.
Brenda DeHaai (Spurling)

Brenda DeHaai Jul 15 2020 12:00 AM

I will always keep Nancy in my heart. She was work family to me at the VAand helped mein many ways. I will forever cherish our long talks and goofy inside jokes.Nancy was alwaysgood for supportingmy daughtersdance fundraisers by purchasing all the dark chocolate candy bars I had-sheALWAYS got first dibs! I will miss you "Nanc"...I love you lady

Amanda Luna Jul 15 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Nancy Norris

Sara Olson Jul 14 2020 12:00 AM

My sincere sympathy to the family. My prayers and thoughts are with you.

Carolyn Erler Jul 14 2020 12:00 AM