|Birth: ||Apr. 26, 1905|
|Death: ||Aug. 29, 1984|
Alice was a remarkable woman, one of the most delightful personalities I have ever met. She answered the phone each time and every time with a cheery "Good Morning!" I have never forgotten her passion and joy for life! She warmed the hearts of all those she met and spread happiness and joy wherever she went. She changed people's lives- she changed mine!
Leland Albert Freeland and Minnie Bell Culver
Lelah M. Freeland and Donald W. Freeland.
Alice Freeland attended Oregon Agricultural College (O.A.C.) in 1924, later, this school became Oregon State University at Corvallis.
Alice was married to William Leonard Norvell (July 19, 1928) and lived in Portland initially, but later, at Darien Connecticut.
Tragedy visited her life on January 27 1955 when her dear William died (at 52) and left Alice a widow, and her children fatherless.
Alice was a home-maker, wife, and a woman who was forced to find employment. This, she accomplished, as an executive secretary, working in Connecticut until her retirement in 1976, after which she moved to Corvallis Oregon to be near her daughter Donna Lee and her grandchildren.
Alice was precise in her professional work and one of the fastest typists I have ever met. A prize possession was her IBM Selectric (from her professional days) which she used daily in her home. She helped formulate and type all the distributed official notices and letters at the Executive Plaza (former Benton Manor) at Corvallis.
Alice enjoyed nature and the outdoors, especially so, Mary's Peak (near Corvallis) her favorite place, where she would often visit with family and out-of-town guests.
Alice Norvell was active in the Suburban Christian Church, past president of the Stanford Connecticut Chapter of the Sweet Adelines, and active in local volunteer programs, especially, the Retired Senior Volunteer Program.
Alice would reminisce fondly about visiting the von Trapp Lodge in Stowe Vermont, sitting enchanted at dinner as the family of von Trapp singers strolled out of the woods and shadows, down into the dining room, singing softly and serenely- one of the highlights of her life.
Ms. Norvell never considered herself 'elderly'. She was very active up until the very end even though her health was fading. She never failed to see the positive side of life or of any situation.
Alice's favorite show (in later years) was Magnum P.I. Her guests would be taken aback, when entering her home, in viewing a life-size poster of Tom Selleck, signed to Alice herself, a gift from her dear daughter (and my friend) Donna Lee Norvell-Race! Alice was a remarkable lady, never to be replaced, and sorely missed by all! Beloved by family, a daughter Donna Lee, her son William, grandchildren, and many close friends. I daresay, when Alice passed on, a heartwarming light was extinguished on earth which would never be re-ignited.
Note: Alice Norvell was cremated and originally interred in Niche 46. On August 2, 2005, her ashes were released to me by Oak Lawn Mem. Park (management of Crystal Lake) and her daughter Donna Lee Norvell. I scattered the ashes on Mary's Peak (East side).
Crystal Lake Cemetery
Maintained by: Randall Reynolds
Originally Created by: Suzanna ღ Ashworth
Record added: Jun 11, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 27493208
Avery Park Roses, Blessings! Alice|
Added: May. 1, 2013
Words cannot express how much you changed my life Alice, how meaningful your presence was in my world, and how missed you have always been. One of my saddest days was when I scattered your ashes on Mary's Peak overlooking the Heart of the Valley- Corvalli...(Read more)|
Added: Aug. 28, 2012
Suzanna ღ Ashworth
Added: Aug. 28, 2012