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

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

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 from Zurn Industries. In addition to her parents, Frances is preceded in death by her husband, David Dowd; and brother, Joe “JC” Hart.

Survivors include 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; eight grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.

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

Smith & Buckner Funeral Home is assisting the Norris family.

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