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Norah Catherine Figg

KSAL StaffJuly 26, 2021

Norah Catherine Figg died in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on December 17, 2020, surrounded by her loving family. She was 89 years old.

Norah was born on February 7, 1931, in Tulsa, Oklahoma to Edith and Ebeneezer Ryan. She was the first of four children. Her siblings were Moya, James, and Charles. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Charles, her sister Moya, her daughter-in-law Elizabeth Figg, and her beloved husband Dr. Joseph W. “Joe” Figg.

She is survived by her brother James and her five children, Michael and wife Linda, David, husband of Elizabeth, Phillip and wife Cindy, Catherine Gaston, and Lawrence. She is also survived by twenty grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren.

Norah was an accomplished pianist and organist as well as a music and piano teacher.  She displayed a great musical talent from a young age and played many recitals and won many competitions.  She was a music teacher at secondary and elementary schools in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Kentucky.  She also privately taught many piano and organ students.

Norah met her husband Joe when they were both musical students at Oklahoma City University in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  She married Joe on April 16th, 1950 in First United Methodist Church in Guthrie, Oklahoma.  Joe was a vocalist, choir director and voice teacher.  Norah and Joe worked in several churches together, as organist and choir director.  Norah was for many years the organist at First United Methodist Church of Salina, Kansas, where Joe was also the choir director until his death in 2009. Norah was also the accompanist for the Salina Chorale, which Joe directed.

Before her death she lived with and was cared for by her daughter Catherine and her family in Baton Rouge.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 24, 2021, at 2:00 p.m., at the First United Methodist Church of Salina.

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