Norvell Granville Woods Alzheimer's Love Story

No doubt, we can all relate to the loss of someone, so it is with sadness that I share the loss of Norvell Granville Woods. When losing a parent, husband, relative, sibling or friend, you may wonder how to deal with a loss. So today, I am dedicating my post to Norvell and anyone who has had suffered the loss of someone in their life.

Norvell Granville Woods

Norvell Granville Woods Alzheimer's Love Story

Regrettably, Norvell left behind a loving family of his Wife, Dianne and five children, Deborah, Delsia, Hiloreen, Mary and William. Since we all know Mary Woods for her big heart and hard work with We W.I.L.L. Thru Sports; we wanted to express our deepest sympathy to the Woods family.

Norvell Granville Woods Love Story

When Norvell arrived in the United States in 1968; he began his career working at the New York Hospital as a Patient Care Technician. When he met Dianne, she knew he was the one for her. Indeed, from the minute they met, they started their lives together.

After building a beautiful life together; he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease 15 years ago. Because Alzheimer’s effects everyone differently, Norvell was able to never lose sight of the love, laughter and enjoyment from his life and his family.

Alzheimer’s Disease

In fact, Alzheimer’s disease usually starts with someone having difficulty functioning daily. For instance, if you forget to get dressed, leave home without turning off the stove or forget important things; chances are these are early warning signs you shouldn’t ignore.

When you see someone you love diagnosed with this disease; the best way to cope with this is the following:

  • Let your family and friends know the person who has the disease can usually understand everything you’re saying.
  • Another tip is to have anyone visiting a person with Alzheimer’s explain their relationship with them. For example, “I’m Lynne and we used to work together”.
  • Also, it is important to never correct anyone with Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Moreover, try to get the person who has Alzheimer’s to as many events and activities as possible.

Of course, like any disease, this one is very sad. In essence, it is hard to see someone we love lose their memory.

Support

In lieu of flowers, the Wood’s family is asking for donations to be made in support of his children. In summary, in honor of Norvell Granville Woods, we hope you will donate to We Will Thru Sports and her Sister, Deborah is starting the Granville Charter School.

Indeed, a life well lived with love is important to always remember.

As always, I welcome your comments.

20 replies
  1. Dianne Woods says:

    Thank you, Lynne, for this beautiful tribute to my husband and for raising awareness about this terrible disease. We are so grateful that to the end he knew his family and could feel the love we had for him.

  2. Lynne says:

    Diane,
    I’m sorry for your loss and you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I’m very aware of this disease as an Aunt died of Alzheimer’s and my Dad has signs of Dementia.
    Stay strong!
    Sincerely,
    Lynne

  3. Lynne says:

    Although I didn’t know your Dad, my heart goes out to you and your family.
    Sincerely,
    Lynne

  4. Anonymous says:

    Mary I will continue to lift you and your family in prayer. I pray for the strength of you all and I wish blessings upon what you and Debra are trying to accomplish.

  5. Anonymous says:

    My continued condolences to you and your family and I would offer that theres comfort and joy found in memories of the time spent

  6. Valerie Gryzlo says:

    Wishing many thoughts and prayers through this time. I enjoyed all the good times with Mr. Woods and will keep those memories forever. Much love to the family. XOXO
    -Valerie

  7. Angela Yeboah says:

    Thank you for sharing and most importantly educating us on this very horrific disease. I pray for the Woods family to remain strong, faithful and loving as only they know how.

  8. Crystal Williams says:

    Thank you Lynne for this awesome tribute to Mr. Woods. A beautiful story of love. He was a role model in our community and church. Growing up, I remember him being a man of few but strong and confident words.

    Thank you Mary for sharing this with me. The Kool Kat will be missed!

  9. Lynne says:

    Angela,
    Alzheimer’s is a terrible disease and I thought it was important that I share the Woods experience.
    Best,
    Lynne

  10. Lynne says:

    Crystal,
    Thank you for your kind words. The Woods family appreciates you remembering Norvell.
    Sincerely,
    Lynne

  11. Lynne says:

    Valerie,
    Thank you for keeping Norvell in your memory as the Woods family greatly appreciates your kind words.
    Sincerely,
    Lynne

  12. Lynne says:

    Thank you for the kind words about the tribute. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Sincerely,
    Lynne

  13. Melissa Suering says:

    My heart goes out to the Woods family again my sincere condolences. Mr. Woods was an amazing dad and a wonderful man who had a big heart and was a hard worker. He always made me feel like family. He will be truly missed. I know he will be looking down on you all from the clouds above. Stay strong. Love you all If you need anything I’m here for you.

  14. Lynne says:

    Melissa,
    Thank you for the kind words about Norvell and your words of sympathy.
    Sincerely,
    Lynne

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