|Birth: ||Mar. 16, 1919|
|Death: ||Sep. 16, 2016|
Ellen Marion (Motley) Norlin was born March 16, 1919 on her family's small farm, three miles southwest of Ogema, WI.
Her parents were Harland and Ebba Motley. Ellen joined an older brother, Charles. Later five more brothers were born: Loyd, Lewis, George, Morris and Paul. She is fond of telling everyone that she had six brothers! In addition to farming and running a sawmill, her father sold some life insurance. As a girl, Ellen attended Centerville School. The Motley children walked ¾ mile to school and back each day. When she was nine she managed to survive a ruptured appendix, and the accompanying infection, before the days of antibiotics. She attended Westboro High School for two years, and then the Depression impacted her family so much that she quit school and went to Chicago to work as a housekeeper for a doctor's family. She returned home after about three years and went back to school. She finished her last two years of high school in just one year, and graduated valedictorian of her class in 1940.
After that, she lived and worked at home until Ray Norlin heard about the "red-headed girl who could really sing". Ellen and Ray were married in Ashland, WI on her birthday, March 16th, 1948. They made their home just east of Ogema. They had three children, Dolly (Hadden) of Ogema, Pat (Paterson) of Salt Lake City, Utah, and John of Windsor, Colorado. Ellen has nine grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren, with more coming. After Ellen married Ray, her father gave Ray his insurance policies, and that became the foundation for the Norlin Insurance Agency in Ogema. Ellen helped Ray with the insurance business for almost 30 years. Ellen was a hard worker and willing to try many projects.
She loved to garden, sing, sew and knit. She liked to refurbish old furniture, even repairing, reupholstering, and caning it. She helped in the maple syrup business that she and Ray owned. With Ray, she was always very active in church service and activities, first at Ogema Baptist Church in Ogema, and then at Woodland Community Church in Westboro. They sang in the choir, were janitors, helped with youth programs and served on many committees. Ellen and Ray were always ready for a new project or adventure. At one point they had a greenhouse and sold plants and produce. They also had chickens and sold eggs to friends. They traveled to Hawaii, the Great Smoky Mountains, and Colorado. At various times, they opened their home to people who needed a place for a while. Most important to them was their family and the special times, like holidays, they spent together. After 57 years of marriage, Ray passed away in 2005. Ellen has lived at Memorial Nursing & Rehab Center since August, 2005. There she is known for her pleasant personality, her humor and for being very good at Trivia!
Harland James Motley (1883 - 1953)
Ebba W Miller Motley (1899 - 1979)
Raymond Edward Norlin (1915 - 2005)*
Charles Marcus Motley (1918 - 1991)*
Ellen Marion Motley Norlin (1919 - 2016)
Harland Lloyd Motley (1921 - 2000)*
Lewis Edwin Motley (1924 - 1996)*
George Alfred Motley (1930 - 1993)*
Garden of Memory Cemetery
Created by: Paul Wilcox
Record added: Dec 31, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 46176498