Celebrated centenarian has died


Eleanor A. Norris, a centenarian who created the Albert F. Norris Reservation with a donation of nearly 100 acres of land, died on Nov. 23. In 1970,  eight years after the death of her husband Albert, Norris donated land along the North River to the Trustees of Reservations, establishing one of the gems of the South Shore. In an interview last year, Norris said the safekeeping of that land had been worth more than material gain. “I like it there. I like what my husband created,” she said. Long after his death, she said, the land brought her back to a time when her husband was alive and they played music and danced by the river. “I see it all the way I used to see it. It hasn’t really changed,” she said. Norris will be buried next to her husband in the cemetery by First Parish Unitarian Church of Norwell, according to McNamara-Sparrell Funeral Home.

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