Remarkable Women: Carrying on a family legacy

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PANSEY, Ala. (WDHN) — April Norris grew up in the small town of Pansey, and from a young age, she knew she wanted to help people.

After seeing the work her grandmother did as a hospital nurse, she knew she wanted to work in the health field.

“My granny was a nurse, and my parents used to take me there where she worked to see her,” Norris said. “And ever since I was little, I can remember wanting to be a nurse like her.”

After working her way through nursing school and doing some hospital nursing, April found her first love of hospice care.

“I loved that feeling of helping other people understand the dying process and death and dying, what to expect during that process and helping make them comfortable,” she said.

After her time as a hospice nurse, April wanted a more structured schedule for her family, so she turned to pediatric nursing.

“This new nursing position has really helped with that, giving me more time with my family and a more normal schedule, so really just taking it a day at a time.” She said.

April and her husband actually grew up down the road from each other but ended up at different schools, just to meet later in life.

“Never knew him, never met him,” Norris said. “And we’re from a little town so it’s just crazy how we met. I tell him that’s how I know God meant for us to be together.”

April and Todd just celebrated their ninth wedding anniversary at the beginning of March and look forward to making many more memories with their family and friends.

As for April moving forward, she hopes to just take it one day at a time and although the future remains unsure, she looks forward to the next adventure.

“Just continuing my career, you know, raising children.” she said. One thing I am looking forward to though is life going back to almost normal. I don’t think it will ever be normal like we know but semi-normal.”

April will continue her work at Dothan Pediatrics so say hello if you see her on your next visit.

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