Holly Norrell, who was born in Dallas, TX on June 25, 1947, went to be with her Lord and Savior on January 13, 2019. Visitation will be held Monday, January 21, 2019 from 5-7 p.m., and funeral services will be held Tuesday January 22, 2019 at 11:00 a.m., both at Ashworth Road Baptist Church. A reception will follow the service.
Holly grew up in Dallas, TX where she met the love of her life Larry Norrell. Together they were united in marriage in May of 1970 and resided in Texas until moving to Norman, OK in 1976 before finally settling in Des Moines, IA in 1981 with their three children. Holly was a Registered Nurse and earned her degree in nursing from Drake University all while working a full-time job.
Holly loved to read books, spend time with family and friends, watch the Dallas Cowboys play (when they were winning) and especially loved watching her grandchildren play and grow up. Family was important to her; as after her children grew up and moved out, she wanted to foster and adopt children who didn’t have the chance to experience the kind of love that she provided to her own children. Holly was a nurturing woman, wife, mother, sister, daughter and friend. She will be missed greatly by the many that knew and loved her.
Holly is survived by her husband Larry “Tex” Norrell; children Brandi (Troy) Smith, Breck (Natalie) Norrell, Blake (Kelly) Norrell, Madison Norrell, Jeffrey Norrell, Luke Norrell, Jenna Norrell and Dakota Norrell; grandchildren Cole Smith, Liz Smith, Tabitha Smith, Nick Norrell, Jacob Norrell, Nathan Norrell, Adaya Norrell, Gideon Norrell, Jace Norrell, Cade Norrell and Carter; siblings Gail (Hugh) Kannenberg, Norma (Gordon) Hesdorffer, Patti (Mike) Lauterbach and David Johns and many nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her father Cecil D. Johns; mother Bernice Lee Johns and sister Kay Garner.