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Elizabeth Norvell

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LAUREL — Elizabeth Norvell, 92, Laurel, died peacefully at her home May 17, 2020 surrounded by her loving family.

Due to current Covid-19 health-care measures, a private funeral service will be held for immediate family members May 22, at 11 a.m., at the United Lutheran Church, Laurel, with the Rev. Matthew Quanbeck officiating.

Burial of her cremated remains will be in the Laurel cemetery.

The service will be live streamed at Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home, Laurel.

Elizabeth was born Dec. 14, 1927, in Laurel, to Gustav and Matilda Paulsen. She was baptized Jan. 15, 1928, into the Lutheran Faith and confirmed in 1943. She attended elementary and secondary school at Laurel Public and graduated in 1946. Following graduation, she attended Wayne State Teacher College and from there she received her teaching certificate and taught school for nine and one half years. Liz met her future husband, William L. Norvell, while teaching in Randolph. They were married April 8, 1951, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Coleridge. They had three children, Deborah, Nancy and Scott.

Bill and Liz moved to Laurel in 1953. She took great pride in many community activities. She participated and especially enjoyed working with her church family and serving the Lord. Liz enjoyed her family and treasured the times spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also enjoyed opportunities to volunteer, had a passion for music, loved singing, and enjoyed playing bridge, golfing, bowling, reading, walking and she loved to dance. She was known for her decorating - be it her house for different seasons or her passion for “dressing her best.”

Elizabeth is survived by her children, Deb (Phil) Nielsen, Bloomfield; Nancy (Gene) Sic, North Bend; Scott (Kristi) Norvell, Omaha; six grandchildren, Jessica (Nielsen) and Jonathon Buck; Lindsey (Nielsen) and Jeff Jenkins; Stephanie (Sic) and Adam Bell; Andrew and Amanda Sic; Paxton Norvell and Allee Norvell; six great-grandchildren, Otto Buck; Gus and (baby sister to arrive in June) Jenkins; Akryn and Blake Bell; Cole and Jake Sic; one sister, Adele (Warren) Eidsness, Rose Mount, Minn.; many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

She was preceded in death, by her parents; husband Bill, Oct. 4, 1989; three brothers (and spouses), Harold and Bonnie Paulsen, Francis and Helen Paulsen, Charles and Wilma Paulsen; and two sisters (and spouse) Madelyn Micklis, Martha Lou (Dick) Murphy.

Liz will be remembered as one who always reached out – reached out to welcome someone new to town, reached out to greet the newest member at church, reached out to share her faith with others and reached out to her family with laughter and love.

Memorials may be given to United Lutheran Church, Laurel, or to the Laurel Senior Center.