Norris Taylor Wheeler 78 of Matthews, N.C. passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her family early Saturday morning on April 7, 2018.
Norris was born in Cane Creek, SC on March 11, 1940; she is the daughter of the late Levy James Taylor and late Marian Bernice Taylor. She was the oldest of four children. Norris spent most of her life in the Charlotte area, but if you asked her where she was from, she would proudly say Lancaster, SC. When Norris was little she loved spending time with her grandparents, aunts and uncle who lived in the Lancaster area. She remained close to her Aunt Elves, Aunt Julia, Uncle Alva and Aunt Ann. She didn’t get to see them as much as she would have liked, but her love for them couldn’t have been stronger. She worked for Piedmont Natural Gas, retired from Duke Power in 2002 and worked part time for ADP Payroll services.
Norris’ biggest joys in life were her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Nothing made her happier than having all of us together. Christmas was her favorite holiday, followed by Easter; each year she went all out with decoration and celebration, and always made sure to include every family member. No matter how big or small the gift, she made sure everyone had something to open on Christmas day. She loved God very much and taught her family all about the love of Jesus, and his promise that one day the family would all be together again.
She loved beautiful flowers, angel statues and jewelry. She grew roses, lilies, irises, gardenias, daffodils, azaleas, hydrangeas and peonies. If they were in bloom she loved walking her loved ones around the yard so you could see them all. Norris also loved to collect angels; they were simple reminders of God’s love and her angels in Heaven. Norris always had on beautiful jewelry, and joyfully passed down her collection to her loving family, so they could always remember her.
Norris never forgot a birthday, she might call you a day early but she never forgot. She would call first thing in the morning to sing “Happy Birthday” (the full version of course), followed by “I love you very much” and “I hope you have a wonderful day”. Everyone always looked forward to a birthday call from her.
There was nothing she would not do for those she loved. If she ever loved you, as a friend or family, no matter the circumstances you stayed in her heart and she always loved you. She was the keeper of secrets, a shoulder to cry on and the strength of a giant to lean on. She loved us each so much she made each of us feel as though we were her favorite. She taught us love, compassion and to never judge because you never know what they have gone through or are going through.
She was preceded in death by her husband James H. Wheeler, her brother James M. Taylor and her son Michael Dean Martin.
She is survived by her five children, Fred T. Martin III (Mary Anne), Rochelle Martin, Steven E. Martin, Penny M. Phifer and Hope M. Houatchanthara, her 10 grandchildren Kristin (Tim), Mathew (Jessica), Tandi (Jimmy), Stacy, Michael (Courtney), Caitlin, Kelly, Sammie, Taylor, Lauren and Caroline, and her 8 great grandchildren Sky, Jonas, Kenzi, Kiley, Nora, Bronson, Cora Beth and DeLaina.
She is also survived by her two sisters whom she adored, Kathy Davis (Jim) and Tina Lowman (Kevin), her sister-in-law Ginny Taylor, and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Her longtime friends Reba and Jo Ann.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 from 10-12, funeral service to follow with Reverend David Gailes officiating at Carolina Funeral Service & Cremation Center, 5505 Monroe Rd, Charlotte. .