Ora Lee Norris, age 81, of Ulysses, Kansas, passed away on Monday, March 26, 2018, at Pioneer Manor in Hugoton. She was born December 14, 1936, in Keyes, Oklahoma, the daughter of Paul C. and Edna P. (Kochart) Cooper.
Ora Lee grew up in Keyes, Oklahoma, and graduated from Keyes High School. After graduation, she was a homemaker for several years. She then worked as a secretary at the courthouse, a car dealership, and employment agency. She lived in Elkhart, Kansas, Rawlins, Wyoming, Colorado Springs, Colorado, for 35 years, then moved to Ulysses in 2006. Ora Lee married Edward Nathaniel Norris on February 19, 1968. He preceded her in death in 2008. Ora Lee’s passion was quilting. She was a member of Country View Baptist Church in Ulysses.
Survivors include her sons, Danny Houdyshell and wife Galena of Ulysses, and Mike Houdyshell of Keyes, Oklahoma; daughter, Brenda Cook and husband Bob of Pueblo, Colorado; sister, Laura Mae Brown of Woodward, Oklahoma; six grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren.
Ora Lee is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Edward; three sisters, Darleen Evans, Jean Evins, and Marion Snare; and one infant brother, Dean Cooper.
Funeral service will be Friday, March 30, 2018, at 10:30 AM at Country View Baptist Church in Ulysses with Pastor James Berry and Pastor Sam Bynum officiating. Graveside service will be Monday, April 2, 2018, at 11:00 AM (MST) at Imperial Memorial Gardens in Pueblo, Colorado. Visitation will be Thursday, March 29, 2018, from 2:00 PM until 8:00 PM at Garnand Funeral Home in Ulysses. Memorial contributions may be given to the Alzheimer’s Association in care of Garnand Funeral Home, 405 W. Grant Ave, Ulysses, KS 67880.