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Frances Nellie Hart Dowd Norris

August 23, 1944 — May 10, 2022

Bear Creek

Frances Nellie Hart Dowd Norris, 77, of Bear Creek, passed away on Tuesday, May 10, 2022.

Frances was born in Clearwater, Florida on August 23, 1944, the daughter of Arthur Joe and Betty Poe Hart.

She was a member of Rives Chapel Baptist Church. Frances retired after working for years as an assembly worker for Zurn Industries in Sanford. She enjoyed her flowers, crocheting, and all sorts of other crafts. Frances adored animals. She was an amazing mother, and cherished her family. In addition to her parents, Frances is preceded in death by her husband David Dowd; and brother, Joe "JC" Hart.

Frances is survived by her daughters, Diane Dowd Burns of Siler City, and Donna Dowd Maness of Bear Creek; son, Michael David Dowd of Wake Forest; sister; Elizabeth Hamer of Siler City; 8 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to UNC Hospice, PO Box 1077, Pittsboro, NC 27312.

The family will have a private service at a later date.

Smith & Buckner Funeral Home is assisting the Norris family.

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