Norris, Margaret Esther Taylor (Mrs. W.S.P.)


March 13, 1927-Oct. 28, 1997
A native of Alexandria, Louisiana, Margaret was the only child born to Rev. and Mrs. Robert S. Taylor. She was the wife, daughter and granddaughter of United Methodist ministers, all of whom preceded her in death.
On September 15, 1950, Margaret married Reverend W.S.P. Norris. They joined in life and ministry and wholeheartedly served churches in Bastrop, Shreveport and New Orleans. Their service included oversight of the Shreveport and New Orleans Districts, Peoples Community Center and the Conference Program Council.
Margaret served the Lord with gladness. She was a warm, caring, happy, willing spirit. She helped her clergy husband’s ministry move forward in every place he served. She gave counsel, encouragement and clerical assistance as needed. She gave leadership and service to the United Methodist Women and Clergy Spouses. She poured her spirit, her will and her loving care into every task she performed.
After the death of Rev. W.S.P. Norris in 1972, Margaret joined First Street United Methodist Church in New Orleans, Louisiana. She continued to serve the Lord with gladness. She served in various capacities, including Lay Leader, Annual Conference Lay Member, and Council on Ministries Chairperson.
Margaret had a deep and abiding faith in God. She walked by faith in life and in death. During her last days on earth, her faith and courage shone resplendently even as cancer ravaged her body. She spoke not a word but her countenance seemed to say, “I’m ready; I’m ready to meet the Lord!” She departed this life to meet the Lord on October 28, 1997.
A funeral service was conducted Friday, October 31, 1997 at First Street United Methodist Church, New Orleans with Rev. Abraham E. Davis officiating.
Margaret is survived by her mother, Mrs. Evelyn Taylor; a sister-in law; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1998; p. 257 By Dr. Leslie P. Norris

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