Nora Jane Parr

May 4, 1945 ~ March 11, 2021 (age 75)

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Nora Jane (Norby) Parr, 75, of Castana, Iowa, passed away March 11, 2021, after courageously battling heart problems, with family members by her side at the home of her son in rural Moorhead, Iowa.

Funeral Services will be 10:30 A.M. Saturday, March 20, 2021 at the Soldier Lutheran Church, Soldier, Iowa with Pastor Marsha Smith officiating. (Social distancing measures must be followed at the service and visitation due to Covid-19 restrictions-Please bring and wear masks). Following the service, Nora and her Husband, Donald “Jack”, will be laid to rest at the Jordan Township Cemetery, Soldier, Iowa. Visitation will be 5:00 – 7:00 P.M., Friday, March 19, 2021, at the Rush Family Chapel, Onawa, Iowa. Arrangements are under the direction of Rush Family Care Service, Onawa, Iowa.

Nora Jane was born May 4, 1945 in Ute, Iowa, to Glen Leo Norby and Elaine Helen Amunson. Nora grew up in Soldier and was baptized and confirmed at Soldier Lutheran Church. She attended Soldier Community School through the 11th grade and later received her GED.

On August 25, 1962, Nora Jane and Donald Amos Parr were united in marriage in Elk Point, South Dakota. To this union three children were born – Kevin, Keith, and Kim.

Nora was a hard worker and had various jobs including IBP meat packer, cook, and later her own lumber yard business in Mapleton. Besides raising their family, and helping Jack with the horses and other animals, Nora enjoyed gardening, cooking, sewing, camping, and riding their horses. She dearly loved her Kids, Grandkids, and Great Grandkids who lovingly called her ‘Granny’. Nora was always ready to help others that needed help and fed anyone who was at the table at meal time. All were welcome AND ‘the coffee pot was ALWAYS ON’.

Survivors include:  Sons: Kevin (Pam) Parr of Moorhead, and Keith (Marlene) Parr of Castana, Daughter: Kim (Shane) Bartlett of Fairfield, Texas. Grandchildren: Nathan Parr, Amy and Alan Spencer, Kyle and Jeremy (Samantha) Parr, Daniel (Stephanie) Parr, and Nick (Sarah) and Zach (A’Dalle) Schoenherr. Great-Grandchildren: Levi Berndt, Kenny, Seth and Gabe Johnson, Dustin, Jase, Drayton, Remington, Destiny, and Emery Schoenherr; Brothers: Curtis (Birdie) Norby of Durant, Iowa, Jeff (Lauri) Norby of Sioux City, Iowa. Sisters: Kaye Mauch of Castana and Gaye (Patch) Smeal of Snyder, Nebraska. Brother-in-law: Charles (Barb) Hinrickson of Castana; Brothers-in-law: Paul (Special Friend Collee Petersen) Parr of Castana and Leroy (Ponce) Petersen of Justin, Texas. Sisters-in-law: Roberta (Jerry) O’Dell of McCook Lake, South Dakota, and Bonnie Carlson of Ute. Numerous others: aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and lots of special friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Donald “Jack” Parr on December 19, 2020. Parents: Glen Norby and Elaine Amunson, Parents-In-law: Charles and Flossie Parr, Step- Mother-in-law: Louise Parr. Granddaughter: Stephanie Parr. Sister: Peggy Hinrickson. Sisters-in-law: Barbara Parr (in infancy) and Bernice Link. Great-Granddaughter: Cailey Berndt. Brothers-in-law: Whitey Mauch, Larry Parr, Don Link, and Jack Carlson.

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March 19, 2021

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Rush Family Chapel
1629 10th Street
Onawa, IA 51040

Funeral Service
March 20, 2021

10:30 AM
Soldier Lutheran Church (Iowa)

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