Today we pause to honor the life and legacy of community servant, Tajuanna LaNette (Ponnie) Norris a loving daughter, mother, and grandmother who tragically left this life on June 28, 2020. Ponnie was born on January 25, 1973, to Regina Morrell and Robert Norris.
Ponnie was a lifelong resident of South Bend, Indiana who graduated from LaSalle High School. Ponnie would go on to receive an Associate's Degree in cosmetology from Vouge Beauty College and then became a Certified Medical Assistant graduating from Brown Mackie College.
Ponnie loved and was dedicated to working with youth and young adults. She often volunteered her talents to serving others. In 2012 Ponnie formed a women and children’s group The OMEGA Ladies. Ponnie held weekly meeting in her home, but later secured a building for the group to meet. She provided speakers who would teach the group valuable life lessons as well as bible studies taught by the late Joyce Herron. She provided meals for the group and gave them many heartfelt gifts of love. For years Ponnie performed various humanitarian services throughout the greater South Bend area. She organized yearly backpack give-aways, catering different functions, and open her home to many people within the community.
With a giving heart and warm smile, she worked tirelessly helping anyone and all people in need. Ponnie was dearly loved by her family, many wonderful friends, special friends, and people she helped throughout the years.
She leaves to cherish her memory, a mother, Regina (Archie) Morrell; father, Robert (Gloria) Norris; a devoted daughter, Regina Gilliam, of Nashville, Tennessee; three loving sons: Charles, DeWayne and Antwan Sr., of South Bend Indiana; two grandsons: Antwan Jr., Ji’Air Bradley; one granddaughter, J’Nyla Bradley of South Bend; two sisters: Tina and Margaret Norris of South Bend, Indiana; four brothers: Jerome and Demetrius Williams, Robert Jr. and Anthony Norris of South Bend, Indiana; three stepsons: Morrell Jr. and Dontae Jones of South Bend, and Raphael Jones of Florida; two stepdaughters: Joycelyn and Norrella Jones of Texas; grandmother, Pat Herron of South Bend, Indiana; a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and godchildren.
No obituary can appraise the life and value of such a devoted servant.
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