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Longtime fixture in Lebanon Junction community dies

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By The Staff

    LEBANON JUNCTION - A fixture in the Lebanon Junction community for years passed away on Tuesday, March 23.

    Margaret Marie Norris, 80, died at Parkway Rehab and Nursing Center in Louisville.

    The former Margaret Marie Boone was honored for her work both in the military and in her community.

    The native of New Hope, Ky., was an Air Force veteran of the Korean Conflict. Her commitment to the military and its veterans continued after leaving the active service.

    She served as a member of American Legion Post 157 in Shepherdsville, where she was chaplain, and served as the Fourth District chaplain for the state of Kentucky.

    She was also a member of the Disabled American veterans and VFW Post 5710.

    Norris was appointed by the Women's Veterans Association as a field representative for the Woman's Memorial in Washington, D.C. She was also selected to the VA Medical Center Honor Roll as one of the outstanding women in military service for her accomplishments in the community.

    She served as the site manager for the Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency Senior Citizens Center in Lebanon Junction and was a member of the Lebanon Junction Lions Club and served on the Lebanon Junction Old Fashion Days committee.

    The former school teacher in Bullitt and Nelson counties also served nine years on the Lebanon Junction City Council.

    She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Earl Norris; and a daughter, Cynthia Marilyn Ells.

    She is survived by four sons, Joseph Leroy (Tracey) Norris of Lawrenceburg, William Emanuel Norris of Elizabethtown, James Michael Norris of Lebanon Junction and Anthony Wayne (Bev) Norris of Madisonville; a daughter, Nancy Earlene (Chris) Bogaski of Lebanon Junction; nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

    Fumeral Mass was held at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 26, at St. Benedict Catholic Church in Lebanon Junction with the Rev. David Naylor officiating.

    Burial was in Highland Memory Gardens in Mount Washington.

    Visitation was from 1-8 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday and after 9 a.m. on Friday at Kappel Funeral Home in Lebanon Junction.

    A prayer service was held at 6 p.m. on Thursday.

    Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to the American Cancer Society or Disabled American Veterans.