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Catherine Rachel “Kate” Norris, 94, of Rainycrest Long Term Care, 550 Osborne St., Fort Frances, Ont., formerly of Burriss, Ont., passed away at her residence on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009.

Catherine was born in Ripley, Ont. on Jan. 2, 1915 to the late Murdock and Ellen (Nellie) McKay.

When she was a small child, her mother died and her father moved the family back to Burrriss, where he had family help to raise his six children.

Her dad married Libby Witherspoon, who helped instill Kate with her work ethic and compassion for others. Kate soon had seven more brothers and sisters who made a big happy family.

Kate married Guy (Dick) Norris on Sept. 8, 1934 and raised two daughters, Peg (Joe Gordon) and Mary Ellen (Bill Sinclair).

She was predeceased by her husband, Walter Guy Norris, in 1993; stepmother, Elizabeth (Libby) McKay; five brothers, Ken, Bill, Norman, Frazer, and Jim McKay; and one sister, Margaret McKay.

Catherine is survived by two daughters, Peggy Jo and husband, Joe Gordon, of Keewatin, Ont. and Mary Ellen and husband, Bill Sinclair, of Fort Frances, Ont.; seven grandchildren, Guy Norris Gordon, Gayle Gordon, Kathi and husband, Don Tucker, Brad Sinclair, Mike Sinclair and wife, Brenda, Kari and partner, Kevin McLean, and Nicole and husband, Jim Sandelovich; 13 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

She also is survived by three sisters, Marie Lawres, Marion Humphrey, and Loretta Ivanowich, all of Fort Frances, Ont.; three brothers, Allan McKay and wife, Barb, of Fort Frances, Ont., Wayne McKay and wife, Doreen, of Alberton Township, Ont., and Dale McKay of Burriss, Ont.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service to celebrate Catherine’s life will be held Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009 at 2 p.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances, with Rev. Frances Flook officiating.

Interment will take place in Burriss Cemetery in Burriss.

The honourary pallbearers will be Catherine’s grandchildren.

Should family and friends so desire, in memorium donations may be made to Rainycrest Long Term Care, 550 Osborne St., Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3T2 or to the charity of your choice c/o Green Funeral Home, P.O. Box 427, Fort Frances, Ont, P9A 3M8.

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