Nathan & Betty Norris Memorial Scholarship Fund

Betty R. Norris

Betty Norris passed away peacefully in her home at the age of 89 on July 16, 2019, surrounded by the love of her family. Born Betty June Reynolds on November 1, 1929, in Lincolnton, North Carolina, she was one of eight children. 

She met the love of her life, Nate, and they were married on Christmas Eve in 1949. In 1966, the dynamic duo headed west with their three children to plant roots and begin a new life in Arizona. 

Affectionately known as “Betty Boo”, she and Nate enjoyed 70 years of marriage filled with traveling to different countries, playing tennis and golf, supporting the ASU Sun Devils, and attending major sporting events around the world. She proudly served as an active committee member for the Phoenix Heart Ball, donating her time and energy for 31 years.

Betty Boo loved a good party and enjoyed spending time with family and friends, especially at Mission Beach - where she was the First Lady to her late husband Nate, the Mayor of the boardwalk. Whether spending time with her family, socializing with friends, or serving in her community, her love and energy was felt by all.

Betty is now reunited with her late husband Nathan, and they will continue their journey as “Nate and Betty Boo.” Betty is survived by daughter Kathy (Jay); sons Michael (Debbie) and Steve (Diane); six grandchildren, Aaron (Marisa), Abby (Marty), Stefani, Ryan (Lauren), Brett and Nicholas (Elif); and five great-grandchildren, Grace, Max, Jack, Austin, and Elizabeth; and her beloved red Mercedes. She will be greatly missed and will always be cherished.

Visitation will be held at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, on Thursday, July 25, 2019, from 5:00pm - 7:00pm.  Funeral Service will be held Friday, July 26, 2019, at 10:00am, at Paradise Valley United Methodist Church located at 4455 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley, followed by a celebration for Betty Boo at Arizona Country Club, where as always, Betty Boo will be the last to leave. 

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Nathan and Betty Norris Memorial Scholarship Fund at the Arizona Community Foundation using the form below.

Nathan L. Norris

Nathan L. Norris passed away peacefully at the age of 91 on April 30, 2019, surrounded by the love of his children, grandchildren, and his beloved wife, Betty Boo. Born on October 1, 1927, in Gastonia, North Carolina, Nate headed west with his family in 1966 to plant roots in Arizona and to continue his career as a pioneer in the computer industry. In 1972, he ventured out and established Computer Resale Associates. 

He loved the life he lived and cherished every moment. Affectionately known as Papa Nate, he and Betty Boo enjoyed 70 years of marriage filled with traveling to different countries, playing golf and tennis, supporting the ASU Sun Devils, and attending major sporting events around the world. "In the conceptual sense," his gift of gab, generosity, tenacity, and kindness to all is what enabled Nate to touch so many lives. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends - especially at Mission Beach, where he served as "The Mayor" of the boardwalk.

Nate was loved by all who knew him and will be remembered for his greatest accomplishment - being the proud patriarch of his family. Nate is survived by the love of his life and wife of 70 years, Betty; daughter Kathy (Jay); sons Michael (Debbie), Steven (Diane); six grandchildren, Aaron (Marisa), Abby (Marty), Stefani, Ryan (Lauren), Brett, Nicholas (Elif); and five great-grandchildren, Grace, Max, Jack, Austin, and Elizabeth. He will be greatly missed. 

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