Helen Elizabeth Norwood
Services for Helen Elizabeth Norwood, 97, Lawrence, will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Lecompton United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery in Lecompton.
She died Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010, at the Pioneer Ridge Nursing Facility.
She was born Aug. 15, 1912, on the Wenrich farm near Lecompton, the daughter of Robert Moses and Bessie Edith Jackson Norwood. She graduated from Lecompton High School in 1932 and earned a bachelor’s degree from Emporia State Teachers College and a master’s in education from Kansas University.
She taught two years at Jones Rural School, five years at Crowder School, four years at Lecompton Grade School, and one year at Harper, then moved to Lawrence, where she taught primary classes for 15 years at Pinckney School. She helped make plans for building Schwegler School and was its first principal, retiring after 21 years in May 1978.
She enjoyed gardening, canning, quilting, crocheting, knitting and working at the Lane History Museum in Lecompton. She was to earn her 60-year pin in Delta Kappa Gamma this year, and was also a member of Kappa Kappa Iota, National Education Association, Lecompton Methodist Church, Eastern Star and Rebekah Lodge.
Survivors include her youngest brother, James Norwood, of Cheney, Wash., and 22 nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters Mae, Jesse, Ruth and Rachel; and brothers George, Bob, John, Roy, Jack and Wesley.
Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, where the family will receive them from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday.
The family suggests memorials to the Lecompton United Methodist Church, Lecompton Historical Society, or Douglas County Visiting Nurses, Rehabilitation and Hospice Care, sent in care of the funeral home, 601 Ind., Lawrence, KS 66044.
Online condolences may be sent at rumsey-yost.com.