Norma Lee Harris
February 27, 1954 ~ November 27, 2020
Norma, Mama, Meme, Norma Lee, Little Norma, Short Princess, Post-lady Norma
This list is just a few of the names which were used to refer to our dear Norma. Regardless of how you may have addressed her, our minds and hearts are packed with vivid memories of a kind, giving, loving, patient, understanding, and supportive woman that we loved.
Being an unpretentiously quiet and often private lady, Norma listened intently to others and was generally the final person in a conversation to speak. Although Norma always held a plethora of opinions and advise to share, she often preferred to acting upon those opinions rather than talking about them. Her profound passion for encouraging and serving others was evident in her actions. A perfect illustration that if fitting for today, is she always wore her Goldwater for President lapel pin to every funeral she attended. This was Norma’s quiet statement; she knew he did not win the election, but she liked Goldwater. Norma is wearing her Goldwater pin today. Not everyone had to agree with Norma and her political views, yet she respected the right of others to disagree with her.
Growing up in Hughes Springs molded Norma to be the consummate southern bell. Her early life as Ranchie and Verna Ruth’s daughter, began stalwartly as an ever-present figure in the drug store, dressed in her crisply-starched sash-bow dresses and her Mary Jane shoes. Norma recalled on one occasion how she would walk around downtown, roaming in and out of the stores sharing conversation with “all the town folks.” Everyone knew little Norma. More importantly, everyone loved little Norma.
After Sandy was born, Norma laser-focused her attention to her. When Sandy grew to school age, Norma worked in the school system to be close to her. As Sandy neared graduation, Norma transitioned into a rural mail carrier, settling in the Daingerfield Post Office. Norma loved the patrons on her route, and they loved her in return. Norma possessed a massive pride in the fashion in which she delivered her mail and packages. Norma once stated, “I deliver mail to the people on my route the way I want someone to deliver the mail to my mother.”
Along with her busy life at the Post Office, Norma packed her days with the endeavors of Sandy and JC’s children. Norma devotedly attended the numerous activities of Zoe, Zaida, Mikey, and Scotty. School awards ceremonies, ball games, band concerts, assemblies… whatever the kids had at school, Norma was there. If her schedule forced her to miss the activity, Norma was on her phone querying Sandy for pictures of the event. An additional source of mammoth pride for Norma was the academic achievements of her grandchildren. When one of them earned an honor roll placement, passed an AP class, earned Duel Credit for college, or received a scholarship, the Meme pride would copiously surge.
Norma’s immense love for her family was only surpassed by her love for God. Her deep faith was her strength, her guiding light, and her eternal hope. Norma was not afraid. She seized each day knowing that the day was in God’s Hands. As she faced her illness and its treatment, Norma was acutely aware of its enormous risks and the possible outcomes. However, Norma knew where her eternal home would be, and knew her future was firmly secure in her relationship with her Heavenly Father.
In closing, we can all be assured of these facts: First, we know where Norma is today. We know that Norma has had a grand reunion with her parents, Ranchie, Verna Ruth; and with her brother, Johnny. Secondly, we all have the opportunity to join Norma in heaven. And lastly, we know of all the Norma’s which God created in the universe, we are immensely thankful, that we had Norma Lee Harris as ours to love.
Services for Norma Lee Harris, 66, of Hughes Springs will be 2:00 p.m., Sunday, December 6, 2020 at the Hughes Springs Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Michael Stewart officiating. Burial to follow in the Hughes Springs Cemetery under the direction of Reeder-Davis Funeral Home in Hughes Springs.
There will be a time of visitation from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Saturday evening at the funeral home.