Doris Ann Norris, 77 of Fostoria, Ohio died on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at the Fostoria Community Hospital. She was born in Fostoria on May 22, 1940 to Eula (Sheets) and Robert Norris. She attended St. Wendelin schools and graduated from Mary Manse College, Toledo in 1962. She taught for two years, then came home to her true vocation at the then McClean Public Library. She was awarded a grant from the State Library of Ohio and received her Master’s in Library Science from University of Michigan.
She served at the library, which was renamed the Kaubisch Memorial Public Library in almost all capacities from page to Director. She retired in 2002, but worked for a number of years as a substitute at the Tiffin Seneca County Public Library and the Birchard Sandusky County Public Library in Fremont.
She remained involved with libraries by being a member of the Friends of the Library and also a member of the Kaubisch Library Board of Trustees as well as the American and Public Library Associations.
During her active years she served on the St. Wendelin Parish Council, the Toledo Diocesan Assembly (two terms as president), the local board and Diocesan board of Catholic Charities.
Doris Ann also served as a long-time Board member of the Bureau of Concern, was a member of the Public Defender of Seneca County Commission, a member of Altrusa, Pax Christi as well as other civic and social groups. She also co-facilitated Monday Mysteries at the Wood County Public Library in Bowling Green.
As a voracious reader, especially of mysteries, Doris Ann was a member of Sisters in Crime and served a term as Library Liaison and continued to help at the booth at the American and the Public Library Association conferences. She was named as Fan Guest of Honor at the 2012 Bouchercon (International Mystery Convention) held in Cleveland, OH.
Doris Ann was proceeded in death by her parents, brothers Robert Jr., Richard and Joseph and niece, Jeannie Norris. She is survived by brothers Peter (Christine) of Tiffin, Thomas (Lynne) of Phoenix and sister, Mary Susan of Flagstaff as well as nieces, Kim Skaggs and Rochelle Rose and nephews, Scott Norris and Brandon Norris. She is also survived by her friends in the TeaBuds, the Eggs of MMC and TLT group whose love, support and shared laughter meant so much.
Memorials may be made to the Kaubisch Memorial Library or your local public library or to the Sisters of Notre Dame (Toledo), the Sisters of St. Francis in Tiffin or to any group promoting social justice.
Doris Ann was cremated and there will be no visitation. A funeral mass will be held at St. Wendelin.