Lives Lived: Norris Fussell |

Lives Lived: Norris Fussell

Norris F. “Jim” Fussell died peacefully in his sleep Oct. 17 in Grass Valley. He was 94.

Memorial services will be held in Lakeworth, Fla.

A 10th generation Quaker, Norris was born July 13, 1915, in Grand Rapids, Mich. He was one of five brothers.

He was married to Thelma Adela (Memy) Fernandez on June 19th, 1943, in Panama City, Rep. of Panama.

He was an accountant with the U.S. government. He and Thelma reared a son and two daughters in the Panama Canal zone and took much delight in weekend getaways to the beaches and to the “interior” of Panama. Family gatherings with in-laws were a regular occurrence, as were dinners with friends and associates.

Mr. Norris was very active in his community, both in Panama and in his last 30 years in Lakeworth, Fla. He also was very active in Lions and Masons and received the Scottish Rite 33rd Degree in Washington, DC, in 1997.

He was a brave and sincere man, a gentle spirit and a kind and loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

He loved life and let go of it when he was ready. His was a truly remarkable, graceful and dignified passing

He is survived by son, Nory Fussell of Grass Valley; daughters Becky Wessen of Escazu, Costa Rica, Linda Pierce of Cocoa, Fla. and brother, Bill Fussell of Panama City, Fla.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of the Foothills, 11270 Rough and Ready Highway, Grass Valley, CA 95945.

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