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41590 Fenwick Street
P.O. Box 270
Leonardtown, MD 20650
Phone: (301) 475-8500
Fax: (301) 475-8909
Joan Norris

Joan Theresa "Joannie" Norris

Monday, November 15th, 1948 - Sunday, January 5th, 2020
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Joan Theresa Johnson Norris , “Joannie” , of Hollywood, Maryland, passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends at St. Mary’s Hospice after a long 6 year battle with cancer on January 5, 2020.
Joannie is survived by her two sons, Charles Benedict Norris, Jr., and Dr. Brian Michael Norris. She is also survived by 6 grandchildren and one Great Grandchild. Joannie will be remembered as a loving Mother, Sister, Daughter, Aunt, grandmother, Great-Grandmother, as well as a close friend to many in the St. Mary’s County community. No one was a “stranger” to her. Her larger than life personality and love for everyone touched the hearts of many and was a true blessing to all who knew her. Joannie was a St. Marys County Native and resident all her life, and after graduating from Chopticon High School she began working for 9 years at the C&P Telephone Company followed by 34 years with The Kmart Corporation where she won countless employee of the year awards and received the distinguish honor of representing the Company in Annapolis before Governor Willian Donald Shaefer prior to her retirement in 2010. Many affectionately referred to her as the “Retail Queen or Miss Kmart”.

She is survived by her siblings John Bertman Johnson of Nanjemoy, Shirley Ann Dean of Clements, Mary Ellen Curry of LaPlata, Dorothy Marie Gonzalez of Tampa Fl, James Edward Johnson of Charlotte Hall, David Wayne Johnson of Callaway, Phyllis Faye MacDonald of Indiana, Brenda Gayle Yates of Clements, Patricia Darlene “Patsy”Murphy of Mechanicsville, and William Alfred Johnson of Leonardtown. She is preceded in death by her beloved parents, George Thomas Johnson Sr., and Dorothy Ann Faunce Johnson.

She is also preceded in death by her eldest brother George Thomas Johnson Jr. and her sisters Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Hayghe, Janice Christine “Tina” Lyghtle, Catherine Delores Lawrence, Barbara Jean “Jeannie” Wheatley, Judy Lee Earp, Nancy Diane Neill, Peggy Susan Johnson, Vicky Lynn Johnson, and Joyce Ann Johnson.

Viewing will be from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM with prayers recited at 7:00 PM at Mattingley-Gardner Funeral home on January 13th, 2020. Prayers will be led by Father David Beaubien of St. Aloysius Church at which time a decade of the Holy Rosary will be recited A Catholic Mass of Celebration of Joannie’s life will be held at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Leonardtown, Maryland on Tuesday, January 14th, 2020 at 9:30 AM. A Eulogy co written by her son Brian Michael Norris and niece Joyce Renee Ridgell will be given by Joyce Renee Ridgell, daughter of Mom’s deceased sister Jeannie. Active pallbearers will be James Edward Johnson, David Wayne Johnson, Michael Dean, Thomas Curry Jr, Kirk D. Rustin, and Tyler Anthony Nelson. Honorary pallbearers will be Matthew Norris, Carley Norris, Chelsey Nicole Norris, Wyatt Nicholas Larson, Elias White, and Alexis Renee Ridgell. Interment will follow the funeral mass at St. Mary’s Queen of Peace Cemetery in Helen, Maryland.

Contributions may be made to Hospice House of St. Mary’s P.O. Box 625 Leonardtown, MD 20650.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, January 13th, 2020 | 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Monday, January 13th, 2020 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home
    Address
    41590 Fenwick Street
    LEONARDTOWN, MD 20650
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    prayers recited at 7:00 PM
  • Service

    Tuesday, January 14th, 2020 | 9:30am
    When
    Tuesday, January 14th, 2020 9:30am
    Location
    Saint Aloyisus Catholic Church
    Address
    22800 Washington Street
    LEONARDTOWN, MD 20650
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    Officiant
    Father David Beaubien
  • Interment

    Location
    Queen of Peace Catholic Cemetery
    Address
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    Helen, Maryland , MD 20635
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Fae C Baur

Posted at 09:40am
My thoughts and prayers to her Family and Friends. She was a lady full of joy,laughter, grace. She was funny,loving and
I know that she will be sorely missed. It was a great honor and privilege to be part of her caring team @ Hospice of St. Mary's.
Thank You to her and her family for allowing me the time to know such a wonderful person. I am better for having her in my
life.
Fae C Baur, LMY

Jacqueline Miller

Posted at 04:32pm
So sorry to hear of the loss of my friend. I had just said last week that I needed to get back to hospice to visit her, but was sad to hear she didn't wait for me. Joannie and I worked together for 25 years, and remained friends afterwards. She was always the same person. Her radiant smile, and hug, and hello sugar or darling, was something I always looked forward to. My last visit at hospice with her, left me with a new outlook on life. Though she knew death was close to her, she never stopped living. She told me that with Brian now out of med school, she had a little money now. She was going out dancing, shopping, traveling with family and friends, and she was happier than she'd ever been. I couldn't get over that. She wanted her children to be happy, she wanted the prejudices in the family to cease, and for all her family to come together when she was no longer here, if they couldn't before. Joannie was a shining light in this world, and my life that went away from us too soon. I'll miss you my friend, but I know heaven definitely has a place for you. Until we meet again my friend. Love, The Black Jackie. 💞
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Gloria Jean Mattingly Bolt

Posted at 06:45pm
So sorry to hear of Joan's passing . Prayers to the family. May you rest in peace
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Bertha & Rick

Posted at 06:50pm
Shirley and family so sorry to hear of Joannie's passing. Always enjoyed talking to her and seeing that beautiful smile. Look out heaven, you now have Joannie and Liz there. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time.
Bertha & Rick Raley
TC

Todd Mattingly (Friend and Former Kmart Colleague)

Posted at 08:09pm
Joannie will certainly be missed. I will always have my great memories of our Kmart Days.
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