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Eleanor Ruth Groll, 77, of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, was born Saturday, September 9, 1933 in Strasburg, Missouri, the daughter of Frank Samuel and Willard Josephine (Brain) Norton. She departed this life at 7:13 a.m. on Sunday, August 28, 2011 at the Kansas University Medical Center surrounded with love and family.
On May 16, 1954, Eleanor was united in marriage to Norman Lee Groll at the Norton home in Pleasant Hill. He preceded her in death on December 6, 2004.
Eleanor was a homemaker, full time farmer and a wonderful mother. She was a member of the Pleasant Hill First Christian Church.
She was also preceded in death by two brothers Robert Norton and Willard S. Norton; and three sisters Margaret L. Koerber, Frances Thurman, and Helen Norton.
She is survived by eight children Sherrie (and Lonny) Silber of Polk City, Iowa, William Groll of Pleasant Hill, John Groll of Independence, Lee Groll of Pleasant Hill, Alan (and Natasha) Groll of Pleasant Hill, Jeanine (and Mark) Gough of Greenwood, Jack (and Kristina) Groll of Pleasant Hill, and Jill Groll of Lee's Summit; six grandchildren; one great grandchild; one brother Frank R. Norton of Santa Ana, California; one sister Inez Fredrickson of Harrisonville; other relatives and many friends.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, August 31, 2011, at the Pleasant Hill First Christian Church. Reverend D. Kent Deubner minister of the Church officiated. Interment was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Casket bearers were Mark Gough, Alan Groll, Jack Groll, John Groll, Lee Groll, William Groll, and Lonny Silber.
Visitation was held Tuesday, August 30, 2011, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the First Christian Church Building Fund or the Smile foundation and may be sent in care of the funeral home.