Nicknamed “Anna Kate” by her family as a child, Nora was born on April 5, 1931, to Guy and Mary Lee Perdue.
One of Nora’s greatest joys involved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She also enjoyed canning foods from her garden, dining out with friends and family, and watching the birds and other wildlife that roamed her property.
Regardless of where she lived, she always kept a job to help support her family, making many lifelong friends along the way. She retired from Walmart in Salem as a door greeter after 17 years of service.
Nora was preceded in death by her parents, Willie Guy and Mary Lee Sessler Perdue; five brothers, LeRoy, Carl, Vance, Otis, and Freddy Perdue, and one sister, Doris Perdue Naegelen.
She is survived by her siblings Robert Perdue (Bonnie) of Charlotte, N.C., Elsie (the late Tommy Ross) of Shawsville; two daughters, Darlene Whalen (Don), of Charlottesville, Patricia Heffron Baraty, (Joe) of Rocky Mount, and one son, James R. Heffron, of Ironto; seven grandchildren: Donald and Brian Whalen, Mellissa Tolley Wibalda and David Tolley (Ashlee), and Lynn, Jimmy, and Wesley Heffron; seven great-grandchildren: Darren Benevento, Alex and Kyndall Wibalda, Adriana and Adam Tolley and Catlyn Wilhelm; one great-great-grandchild, Brooklynn Drake; and numerous nephews and nieces.
Nora’s legacy will be the love, comfort, and care she had towards all of her family. She will be a never-ending song of love in our hearts.
A memorial service was held at Hall’s United Methodist Church, Elliston, on Tuesday, July 6, at 11:00 a.m., with visitation at 10 a.m. Burial followed in the Hall’s Church Cemetery with a reception afterwards in the pavilion.