December 22, 1934 – January 25, 2022
Elizabeth (Betty) Augusta Norris, a longtime resident of Corvallis, died Tuesday, January 25, in Sparks, Nevada, with her husband, Logan, by her side. Betty was 87 years old.
Betty, a loving wife and mother, was born on December 22, 1934, in Bend, Oregon, to George and Elizabeth Gohrke. She grew up in Bend and Redmond. In 1954, Betty crossed the Cascade Mountains to attend Oregon State College, where she joined the Delta Gamma Sorority, earned a degree in education, and met the love of her life, Logan Norris. Logan and Betty were married on September 27, 1958. From 1957 to 1961, Betty taught 4th and 5th grades at Garfield Elementary School in Corvallis. She was passionate about teaching, and years later, former students would greet her in the market with fond memories. Betty chose to leave the classroom to raise her three sons, Mike, Joe and Matt. During those years at home, she was a great support to her husband, Logan, throughout his college and professional career. Betty’s greatest passions in life were her family and creating a warm, welcoming home, where she generously cared for everyone in her company.
Betty was involved in her community and in learning. She was an active member of the Assistance League of Corvallis, the American Association of University Women, the Oregon State Chapter of Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO International), and the OSU Folk Club, volunteering regularly in their ThriftShop. Betty was active in a Bridge band and its book club for many years. As her boys grew into teenagers, Betty took calligraphy seriously, taking classes at Oregon State University and attending local, state, and international calligraphy conferences, and was a longtime member of the Valley Calligraphy Guild, Inc. and the Goose Quill Guild. His work has been commissioned, appeared in shows, and is cherished by friends and family. His calligraphy also appears on the labels and corks of Miracle wines.
Later in life, she and Logan traveled the world, visiting six of the seven continents. Betty and Logan moved to Sparks, Nevada, in 2020 to be closer to their son Joe and his wife, Kris.
Betty was predeceased by her brother, Richard Gorhke. She is survived by her sister, Carol Blainey, of Seattle, Washington; her husband, Logan Norris; his three sons, Michael, of Manchester, New Hampshire; Joseph, of Reno, Nevada; Matthew Norris, of Londonderry, New Hampshire; and grandchildren, Rachel, Samuel, Braden, Neil and Reid. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Corvallis Relief League.