Lillian Frances Norris (Nee Ash)

January 1, 1927 to October 2, 2020


Passed peacefully way in the presence of her loving family on October 2, 2020 at the Health Science Center, Lillian Francis Norris in her 94th year. Predeceased by her husband John (Jack}, parents Dorothy and Edward Ash, brothers Cyril, and Nelson. Leaving to celebrate her life and mourn her loss are her brothers Reg Ash (Gladys) of Ontario, and Don Ash of St. John’s, daughters Karen Norris of Paradise; Heather Partenheimer (Heiko} of Ottawa, sons Terry (Anna Marie} of Malta, Gary (Florence} of Paradise, precious grandchildren Susan Norris (David Kaufman), Anne Norris, Andrew Baker, Natasha Partenheimer, Jonathon Norris and David Norris. Special thanks to family friend and physician Dr. Sean Martin for the care and compassion provided in Lillian’s time of need. Thank you to the Health Science Center staff at 4 south A/Band for the care and friendship of staff and close friends at Karwood Retirement Home. Special thanks for the lifelong friendship of the “girls in the club”. In accordance with her wishes, cremation has already taken place. A memorial service and interment will be held at a later date when family and friends can come together in her honor. In Lillian’s memory donations can be made to the Canadian Mental Health Association. To leave a message of condolences for the family, please visit


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Karen & siblings….I was saddened to read of your Mom’s recent passing and wish to extend my personal condolences to all of you and your families. Karen, I’m reaching out to you as you are the only one that I have had the opportunity to occasionally connect with in recent years as the senior Norris family has mostly passed on . Life seems so short when we look back! I have many memories of your Mom and Dad (Jack) visiting at my mother-in-law’s (your Aunt Lorraine Norris) and especially from the family gatherings from time to time.. I remember Lillian for her gusty spirit and hardy laugh……and most of all her determination to get what she wanted!! She and I shared Christmas birthdays and being Capricorns, we joked about being “stubborn”. (Smile!) No matter what the age is, losing a parent is a deep loss! I hope you all find comfort and laughter in the many memories that your Mom has left behind. Karen, you are a very special daughter to have reigned over your Mom’s care in recent years and I pray that her heavenly radiance will now reign over you. Rest in peace Lillian!

We send all our love and prayers to Lillian’s family at home and abroad. From the Ash family in Alberta.
Colin, Sandy, Taylor and Michael.

Terry, Gary, Karen, Heather and extended families it was sad to hear of the passing of your Mom and to Uncle Reg and Donnie your sister. Although it has been many years since visiting with Aunt Lillian in St. John’s, I will always remember the big hugs she always gave me. We all remember the fun and laughter during many family gatherings as we grew up and for certain the shrieks that would resound from Aunt Lillian during many games of 120’s when a key card was played. I am sure that many a game of cards will be played at some heavenly table. Our deepest condolences from Jo-Anna, I and our families. We hope you find some comfort in all your memories and those others have and will share with you all. God bless you all and rest in peace Aunt Lillian. With love and prayers from David, Jo-Anna, Amanda, Colin and Brandon.

Gary, Florence and family
Sincere condolences on the loss of your mother.
You are in our thoughts and prayers. May your memories of her help to sustain you through this difficult time. May she RIP.

Erik and Betty Seaward

Karen, Andrew and Norris family,
So sorry to hear of Lillian’s passing. Thinking of you and hoping wonderful memories help you through this sad time. Heather and Bruce

Terry , Gary , Karen , Heather , so sad to hear of Aunt Lillians passing . She always made us laugh during family gatherings so many fun memories when we were much younger . And not so long ago celebrated New Years Eve at Karen’s house in Edmonton ,we had so much fun .Our Condolences to all extended family members , She will be missed .
Randy , Dianne , Chelsea , and Shaylah

Gary and Florence,
Sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom. Wishing we were there to show you support in this difficult time. As you celebrate her life hope your memories bring you happenings and joy. Hugs to both of you, Susan and Anne.
Greg and Anne

I met Lillian many times while visiting my mother, Olive Hussey, at the Karwood Retirement Residence. Lillian was a lovely lady and a good friend to my mom. They didn’t always see eye-to-eye but they were good friends nonetheless. My mom missed Lillian every day she wasn’t at the Karwood and was heartbroken to hear of her passing. She and our family want to express our sincere condolences to your family on Lillian’s passing. She will be missed.

My heart aches to hear the news of my Aunt Lillian passing. My condolences to everyone. She was a special woman. I remember fondly visiting in the summers and enjoying the great feasts she would prepare. She had endless energy and an amazing feisty spirit that I always admired. It was an “Ash” trait that a girl needed to have in a house with four brothers. Over the years, I have thought of my Aunt Lillian when I needed to get my “feisty” on to deal with characters in my workplace.. Aunt Lillian….. you defined Girl Power and strength .You will be missed.

Gary, Karen, Heather, Terry, Reg and Don, whether a brother or sister, an aunt and to all the all family, relatives and special friends. Dena and I and all our family express our sorrow on your mom and our Aunt Lillian passing. Lillian was a very kind, classy, trusted and funny lady. As kids, or cousins we all had a great growing up with special events and family gatherings. She called me Suzie and never let up from my long hair days. (Lil loves the undercarriage meat on a turkey while some of us prefer the top, so many times she would show up at our place boxing day on 39 Albany Street and take away the rest.) I sat in her kitchen having a smoke and one of Uncle Jack’s beers one day while others were in the living room etc, Lil was cooking a duck, and in her kitchen as she opened the oven door grabbing the roaster thing the duck flew outa the pan across in front of me and hopped down the doorway leading to the backyard. Swearing and scrambling we took after it I grabbed it with her kitchen cloth, scooped it up and she cradled all the gravy n duck back into the pan before anyone saw us. She said Robert if you tell anyone “ill ki*# you”! I never said a word and when we all sat to the table Lil came around our backs one by one serving up the various dishes of food. When she came to me and offered me some duck I said no thanks and she dug me in the ribs and made a private giggle. Last summer I sat with Aunt Lillian for a few hours going over this and the many memories of all our relatives and loved my time with her. God Bless you all and our memories. Love Robert, Dena, Stephen and Stephanie Ash

Terry, Gary, Karen and Heather my hearfelt condolences on the passing of your mom and my Aunt. I have so many wonderful memories of summers spent in Newfoundland with Aunt Lillian, Uncle Jack and all of you. It is such a sad time but the laughs, the good times spent, her feisty nature her big smile and crushing hugs we would get when we arrived each summer will be remembered and cherished. She was and will always be a special aunt.
to me. Love Rhonda, Owen, Lauren and Samantha

Karen, Heather, Gary, Terry, Uncle Reg, Uncle Don, surrounding families, children and friends, my deepest condolences and prayers to you during this difficult time, as we reflect on the passing of your mom, my Aunt Lillian.
As children we laughed, played, gathered during special occasions, and grew up under her wing. Strict at times but gentle and caring. Not afraid to speak her mind, jab you in the ribs with her elbow when you were about to say something foolish, or hug you half to death when she felt you needed it.
Many years passed after I left NFLD for Edmonton, but Lillian was always kept in mind during conversations with my mon and dad, in many ways never forgotten through cards, telephone calls.. Family members from back home came up in discussions frequently.
Years after moms (Bertha’s) passing, Lillian came to Edmonton, to be part of my dads (Cyril’s) second marriage to Nancy. It was my first time as a best man, and I did my best to film everyone that day, and as usual, something silly was going on, and Aunt Lillian quipped “what” and I got that elbow nudge.
She met my wife and daughter, and instant chemistry happened as if they had known each other for years. This was just a small example of Lillian’s character. If you were not on her good side, she’d let you know, feisty but loving. Anyone that knew her will remember something that stands out, and we are no different. We will always love her and never forget her. Speaking her name out loud will keep her memory alive.
She has a table prepared for her to join, with those passed on before her, and is in good company. Lillian is looking at us all, and will give us that gentle nudge to keep us on the straight and narrow. She is at peace, and may the memories she shared with all be your solace of comfort as you reflect on how she left her mark on you, and keep her in your hearts.
Love you and will miss you Aunt Lillian, but will never forget you..
With love, prayers and heavy heart,
Scott (Cyril and Bertha’s youngest son), Charmane and Kelsie Ash. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

She was my big sister, my only sister and I am going to miss her.. While we lived in Ontario we frequently talked on the telephone. and the topics varied from “soup to nuts”. We often disagreed on some issues but she always felt she was right and most times she was.
We took a trip to St John’s last year and spent some time with her and glad we did. Had plans to return this year but the Coronavirus cancelled it.
The telephone calls have stopped but the memories will last for ever.
WE loved you Lil
Rest in Peace love,
Gladys and Reg

Karen and Andrew,

Sorry for the loss of your mother/grandmother. Thinking of you both during this difficult time. Sincere condolences.

Katie and Jason

Dear Gary and Florence, We are so sorry to hear of your mother’s death, Gary. Sending our love and sympathy to you, Florence and “the girls”. May memories bring comfort. Becky and Doug

Dear Karen, Heather, Gary, Terry and all loving and loved Family members: Bob and I send our Heartfelt Sympathies on your Mom’s passing. Aunt Lillian was a beautiful, fun-loving lady with a strong sense of value and her love of family and friends, bar none! She was always ready to lend a helping hand when asked. She was the life of a party and her laughter and giggling was contagious! Aunt Lillian got a kick out of poking me in the arms, just because she could and I am sure I have permanent bruising in them! lol. It was her way of teasing and showing her love for me.
There is a beautiful Gospel Song called ‘Mansion All My Own’……referring to Heaven…A couple of lines are…’ I believe there are streets of gold but it’s alright by me if there’s nothing more than worn, old gravel roads; and I know a Mansion’s waiting but a cabin suits me fine…’ those words to me depict what a Humble Lady my Aunt was and asked for nothing in return.
We all have our own very special memories, stories and photos from years ago and sooner; I certainly do, etched in my mind forever. Recently we chatted on the phone talking of her memories but especially of when she cooked a duck…my Brother Robert’s special story, we laughed so very hard!! She spoke of when she visited Dad and Nancy and their experience of cooking another duck. Aunt Lillian should have written a book on all her comical experiences…it would have been a best seller.
May all of you and families find Peace and Comfort in knowing Aunt Lillian suffers no more. I believe she is now with other loving members of the family, gone before… ..and she is Safe in the arms of Jesus. God Bless all of you.
Sincerely with love and Prayers – Cynthia, Bob, Rhonda, Kerrie, Kimberley….and families.

Gary and family

Dick and I are sending sincere sympathy to you on your loss.

Heidi Janes

Dear Heather, Karen, Gary and Terry,
I was saddened to hear of your mom’s passing. Your mother’s kindness to me and my family was always truly appreciated. In earlier years we shared many confidences over cup of tea.
My family and I will always remember her with much fondness as Aunt LULU.

Sincere condolences,
Dame Moya Greene OC, DBE

Gary , Karen and Andrew – Sorry to hear that your Mother and Grandmother has passed . I am sure that you have many happy memories to comfort you during this difficult time . Sincere condolences.
Earl Saunders

Gary, Florence and Family,
Thinking of you at this difficult and sad time.. We hope the memories of your mom give you comfort.
Brian and Colleen

I am sorry to hear about the loss of your loved one. Treasure all of your wonderful memories. Sincerest condolences, Heather and Ron

Dearest cousins, all family back east No words can truly convey all that ones heart and soul carries within, with this kind of news.. I have many, many fond memories of Aunt Lillian that are cherished times together. In the summer of 1991 when Jim, Shauna, Nicole and I travelled back to my dearly loved homeland, Newfoundland – Aunt Lillian had quite a wonderful spread of baked goods and such that filled the entire table. She was a wonderful cook and baker!. She always wanted to make sure you never left hungry. Aunt Lillian always made one feel so special and her laughter and sparkle in her eye was beautiful! When I was a small child and into my young adulthood days, Aunt Lillian always showed the love she felt for you in her heart; and her hugs and smiles were amazing! I still hear her saying during conversations saying -” Go On With Yah”! and the giggles that followed, still make me smile from the depth of my soul outward. What a blessing and Godsend Aunt Lillian was to my own Mom, Bertha Ash when she (Aunt Lillian) came up to Edmonton and helped relieve some pressure after Mom had returned home from the hospital. Their friendship was powerful! Aunt Lillian is a special lady – and the love of family is huge. ! It was a pleasure when Aunt Lillian (and Karen too) were up in Edmonton, and came over for dinner during the Christmas season. A shout out to my cousin Karen, you have been a tower of strength to your mom over all those years my love, in many ways.. Each and every one of you made your mom proud., so proud. She may be gone from sight, yet she lives on in each one of you. Aunt Lillian is an Angel above still sending you her love, still wishing you all life’s best, still telling you all to eat and stay healthy and safe, and when you hear a song that reminds you of her, or the scent of her favourite perfume, or the taste of a recipe she dearly loved,or a place she loved to sit and watch the boats out on the ocean, she is right there beside you, cheering you on. Our daughters and their family members, send you condolences, love and prayers.
God Bless you Aunt Lillian. I love you very much! I love you all my beautiful family! You all are in our thoughts and prayers.!

I have sweet memories of your mom….my sincere condolences. My houghts are with you.
Della Thomas

Gary, Florence and family, I was very sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. Please accept my condolences. I hope you have an opportunity over the coming days to reflect on her life and what you all meant to each other.

We extend our heartfelt condolences on the loss of Mrs. Norris. We hope that the memories of how special she was and the love she had for her family will give you strength and peace. Take comfort in the fact that you had her for all these years. She will never be far from your hearts.
Love to all,
Noreen and Dingle

Gary, we were very sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. Our condolences to you, Florence and all your family.

Dear Gary and family,
Sending sincere condolences on the loss of your mother and beloved grandmother and family matriarch.

Sending you my condolences on the loss of your Mother. This is a time to cherish your memories and to hold your family close, as you mourn and celebrate the life of a Mother, Mother-in -Law and Grandmother. Your memories will live on forever in your hearts and minds. I wish you strength and courage at this difficult time.

Sending my love,,