Bette Ann Norris

Born in Schenectady, New York on October 9, 1950

Departed on August 23, 2018

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Bette Ann Norris passed away on August 23 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Bette was born in Schenectady, New York and lived in several states before attending high school in Deland, Florida and college in Daytona Beach, Florida. She resided in Nashville since the mid-1980s.

Bette is survived by her loving husband Charlie, her devoted sons Andrew (Randi) and William (Alex), and her sister Sandy Phillips.

Bette had a strong entrepreneurial drive, owning and operating fabric and sewing machine stores in Nashville for years. Bette later embarked on a career as a legal assistant, most recently working at HealthTrust. Even while working as a legal assistant, Bette enthusiastically sold nutrition products from home.

Bette thoroughly enjoyed entertaining, lively conversation, and world travel with Charlie.

Nothing was more important to Bette than being the best mother possible. She was extremely proud of her sons and supported them in countless ways, including instilling in them a desire to care for and love others and to live each and every day to the fullest.

Bette, kind and generous by nature, never met a stranger and had a well-developed sense of humor. When her good friend Linda came to visit Bette and see her new house, Bette picked Linda up at the airport, drove to an exclusive neighborhood, parked in front of a huge mansion with extensive grounds, and announced “Here it is.”

Finally, Bette had a rich spiritual life and pondered the big questions. She firmly believed in the healing power of meditation, meditated regularly for many years, and was enriched by her meditation community. Even during her final days, Bette maintained her ever-optimistic outlook. She will forever be with us in our hearts and fond memories.

A celebration of Bette’s life will be held on Friday, September 7 at The Pavilion at Harpeth Hills. Visitation will begin at 4:00 p.m. with a memorial service to follow at 6:00 p.m.

15 Comments to Bette Ann Norris

  1. Jon Oakley
    August 30, 2018 4:07 pm

    Thank you for your kind way…
    You will be missed!

  2. Don & Nancy Burger
    August 30, 2018 4:51 pm

    Our memories of you will sustain us Bette – your smile, great humor and kindness were always an inspiration. We will miss you.

  3. Betty taylor
    August 30, 2018 5:28 pm

    You were a wonderful friend, I was blessed to know you. I will miss you very much

  4. Kim Warden
    September 1, 2018 7:23 am

    I was fortunate enough to know and blessed to call this sweet lady my friend. She always had a smile on her face, no matter the circumstance or how she felt. I rejoice in the fact that she is no longer in pain and know she is in the presence of our LORD & SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST!! Praise GOD……till we meet again. ❤️

  5. Laura Johnston
    September 1, 2018 2:03 pm

    It was such a joy and enrichment to be in your presence Bette – thank you ❤️ I continue to choose with you always!!

  6. Robert and Beth Van Sant
    September 2, 2018 8:37 am

    We are so sorry to hear of Bette’s passing. She was always cheerful and had a kind word.
    Robert and Beth Van Sant

  7. Jan Hutz
    September 2, 2018 4:24 pm

    So sorry to hear about Bette. She was a special lady and I know she will be missed by many. So sorry I never managed to see more of her. I will keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers.

  8. Kristen Orr
    September 5, 2018 12:48 pm

    I am so sorry to hear this. Bette was a wonderful woman and i truly enjoyed working with her. Love and prayers to her family during this difficult time.

  9. Judith Adkins
    September 5, 2018 1:23 pm

    It’s appropriate to have pictures of Bette smiling because she was always positive and had a smile on her face. She was also a very kind person and a pleasure to know. Bette, you will be missed by all that knew you.

  10. Patricia A Corazao
    September 5, 2018 1:29 pm

    Blessings to Bette’s loved ones and friends – may the celebration of a beautiful life bring comfort and peace.
    And the peace of God which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. ( Philippians 4:6-7)

  11. Shawna Nieves
    September 5, 2018 1:58 pm

    I had the privilege to work with Bette for 5 years and she always had a smile on her face. Her humor was untouchable even while she was going through her own daily struggles. When I found out my own mother was diagnosed with Cervical Cancer almost 2 years ago, it was right after she had been diagnosed and she was so sweet & kind to sit down with me and talk about it and was so positive. I will never forget that moment with her. We laughed & we cried together.
    She didn’t have to sit there and talk to me, but that was just the kind of person she was. Always concerned about others. My thoughts and prayers go out to her loved ones during this difficult time. She will be missed by so many that knew her.

  12. Silvia Adelman
    September 6, 2018 9:55 pm

    My husband Gregg and I had the wonderful opportunity to meet Bette last year. She made such an impact on us. She was full of courage, grit, and determination! She would not let anything get her down…. and certainly not her circumstances. She showed such grace, love , and compassion … wrapped in wit and spunk…. she will certainly be missed. Thank you Bette for all you showed us.

  13. Brenda Delaney
    September 6, 2018 11:58 pm

    Bette was such a gem! Always happy and upbeat even if she was feeling bad! I want to be just like Bette when I grow up….she made my heart so happy! She will be with me always………I love you Girl!

  14. Patty & Terry Gordon
    September 7, 2018 1:59 pm

    We will miss sweet Bette, who touched many lives with her love and kindness, her laughter, and her positive attitude and enthusiasm. She was one of a kind and a special lady who was an honor to know & love. May the memories of her beautiful life comfort all her family and friends.

  15. Loretta Passen
    September 7, 2018 5:04 pm

    Words are not enough to express Bette’s kindness and sweet nature, nor are they enough to express the loss felt by those who loved her. Loving Bette was so easy to do and we enjoyed so many hours chatting and laughing. I will miss her in my life and strive to have a heart as big as hers. Bette thank you for loving my sons and for the many happy, and some tearful hours we have spent together. I love you!

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