Minerva “Minnie” Norris

LEEDS – Minerva “Minnie” Norris, born Sept. 21, 1956 in Woodstock, Maine, where she grew up on the family farm, passed away March 29, 2023 after a long illness. She was the only daughter of Mirza Koskella and Edgar Rainey.

Minnie is survived by her brother Wade Rainey, who lives with his wife Dianne in West Paris, and her son Billie Farnum, who lives in Hartford, Maine with his fiance Jennifer.

Minnie was predeceased by her brother Edgar and Craig Rainey.

Minnie worked at the IP mill in Jay, Maine, she worked as a social worker for the state of Maine, and for 16 years at the Wal-Mart in Oxford, Maine, the last six years of which as a first class pharmacy tech.

Minnie got married to Ralph S. Norris on his ranch in Big Wells, Texas and spent many winters at that ranch, and summers at his camp in Leeds, Maine. Minnie liked to fish, hike and hunt, and killed many bucks hunting on Ralph’s properties.

Minnie spent quite a bit of her time traveling with her husband, but most enjoyed feeding the birds and animals at the ranch in Big Wells, and in Leeds. At the ranch in Texas she would pack her .38 and hike six miles around the ranch every day with the ranch manager’s wife Lorraine Joy, the hike would often be early in the morning when the heat was over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Minnie often mentioned the great life of living on the ranch in Big Wells, friends she and Ralph had there.

Minnie will be remembered for her smile and her infectious laughter. Her pleasant demeanor would cause customers at the Wal-Mart pharmacy to request her by name.

Minnie will be missed by many people, both in Maine and Texas.

There will be no funeral. Interment will be at the Norris Family Cemetery in Stricklands.

Minerva’s family wishes to thank Franklin Memorial Hospital and its excellent doctors and nurses for the help provided,and wishes to thank Androscoggin Home Healthcare Hospice for its excellent care.

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