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Doris Katherine Norman
March 14, 1932 ~ December 13, 2023 (age 91) 91 Years Old
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Doris Norman of Troup, Texas passed away Dec. 13, 2023, in Athens, Texas surrounded by family. Doris was a Christian, and as 2Corinthians 5:8 says, "to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord."
Doris was born in Bay City, Texas on March 14, 1932, to Clyde and Lorene Almand Dacke.
She was preceded in death by her husband Doug, her son Sam and her brothers, Frank, JB, Bobby, Henry and sister Shirley. Doris is survived by her daughter Anne and husband Dr. Gary Williamson of Athens, son John Norman of Troup, grandchildren Dustin and wife Lauren of Troup, Jason and wife Holly of Troup and Tiffany of Conroe.
Great grandchildren Bonnie, Creed, Waylon, Jaxson and Zach; step great grandchildren Hunter, Lauren, Zach and Ty. Brother Arlis Dacke of Bay City, Texas.
Doris lived in Goliad and Bay City, Texas until the age of 12 when she moved to Troup with her parents and siblings. Later in her life she met and married Doug Norman of Troup and were happily married until his death in 1980.
Doris loved to cook and was famous for her homemade yeast rolls which she made for 50 years every single day and her delicious chicken and dressing for the holidays. She passed her famous dressing recipe to her grandson Dustin that will carry on the tradition.
One of her favorite things to do was work in her beloved flower gardens and she had many. She was always the happiest being outside! She has passed onto her children and grandchildren the love of nature and gardening. There was absolutely nothing Mama could not do. She taught herself to sew made all of our clothes as children, quilts made by hand, canned all the summer and fall vegetable and prepared all home cooked meals every day.
The most important things to Doris in her last few years were her great grandchildren, affectionately called her Gigi. She always had a "snack basket" filled with goodies and her favorite ice cream. She loved to sit on her back porch and watch all kinds of birds and feeding all the feral cats in the community. Her great grandchildren Bonnie, Creed and Waylon visited her every day and played on her back porch. It was the highlight of her day. Doris loved to come and visit her daughter and son-in-law in Athens. Gary and Doris would watch westerns all day and she would have her snacks.
Doris was confined to a wheelchair for the last seven years of her life. She was cared for daily by her son John that never left her side and her daughter Anne. She had a special caretaker Elaine that was with her for many years. It was very important for Doris to stay in her home of 70 years and be surrounded by her family.
Last but not least: The first thing Mama did the moment she got out of bed was to put her lipstick on and anytime we were near a Braums she had to have a banana split.
"The person we lost will never be forgotten. They will continue to live in our hearts and memories, reminding us of the love and joy they brought into our lives.
Graveside services will be 2:00 pm, Sunday, December 17, 2023, at Pinecrest Cemetery, Troup. Visitation will be 1:30 pm to 2:00 pm, prior to the service.