Mallory Monica Norrell
Mallory Monica Norrell
Mallory Monica Norrell, 16, of Toivola, MN, entered into eternal life, Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at Essentia St. Mary's Childrens Hospital, surrounded by her loving family, and sent forth by the prayers of Bishop Sirba and a number of priests close to the family, after a 10 month battle with cancer. Mallory was born in Duluth, MN on May 2, 2001, the fifth of six children of Craig and Lori (Postudensek) Norrell. After learning of her diagnosis, Mal immediately sought the intercession of Saint Padre Pio and lived the remainder of her beautiful life by some of his most famous words, "Pray, Hope and Don't Worry."
While she loved anything related to the Minnesota Wild, UND SIOUX hockey, the Marvel Superhero movies, Star Wars, and all things dogs, the one thing that truly defined Mal was her faith. She loved being in Jesus' presence in Eucharistic Adoration, but the highlight of the last four years was her time at the Catholic youth camp, Camp Survive. She would often talk about how overwhelmingly palpable the presence of God was at camp, and would often wonder how much greater Heaven must be. She was also an almost constant fixture as an altar server at her home parish, Saint Mary's in Meadowlands, entrusted to train all younger altar servers. Mal was an avid reader, was obsessed with the Lord of the Rings, and would gush about the correlation between it and our Catholic faith she loved. She often cited her favorite Gandalf quote: "All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us."
Mallory is survived by her parents, sisters Candice (John) Reilly, Fort Bragg, NC, Irish twin and very best friend Brianne, at home; brothers Ryan (Maggie), Mandan, ND, Kyle (Shana) Cavalier, ND, and Neal, at home; Grandparents John and Elaine (Chesler) Postudensek, Babbitt, MN; Aunts Kelly Postudensek, Hermantown, MN, Debbie Norrell, Peoria, AZ, Uncle Roger Norrell, Sun City West, AZ; nieces and nephews: Mara, Liam, Isaac, Kieran and Julia Rose; Kale, Addison and Ainsley; Stella, Levi and Silas; numerous cousins, extended family, dear friends and Camp Survive family. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents Harvey and Elaine (Koski) Norrell, whom she missed dearly.
Memorials may be made in Mallory's name and can be mailed to Diocese of Duluth C/O Mallory Norrell Memorial Fund 2830 East Fourth Street Duluth, MN 55812 . Please make checks payable to Diocese of Duluth, memo Mallory Norrell Memorial or donate online at dioceseduluth.org. These will be used as scholarships for Camp Survive attendees.
A visitation will be held at Saint Benedict's Catholic Church, Duluth MN, on Sunday evening 5-8pm ending with the Divine Mercy Chaplet.
Visitation continues 10am Monday morning with Mass of Christian Burial at 11am.
Arrangements by Landmark Funeral Home of Virginia.