Norine Dorothy Johnson (Fournier), aka Noonal and NooNoo to her grandchildren, peacefully passed away in her sleep on October 8th at the young age of 62, in her daughter’s home in Tomball, TX, due to the progression of cancer.
Born to the late Adrian (of the US Air Force) and late Florence Fournier in Maine. Norine was the first of her family to graduate from high school at Spring Branch High School in Texas. At the age of 6, she moved from Maine to Virginia where she spent most of her memorable days! She had a deep love for the beach, particularly Virginia Beach. At the age of 17, she moved to Texas with her future husband, Michael Johnson. Soon after graduating, she developed a passion for photography. After getting started, she married and had her only child, Autumn, in 1981. Norine strived to give her the best life she could and gave her a wonderful childhood! She picked back up on her photography and realized that weddings were her calling. After her divorce, she dove in head first and quickly became an exceptional photographer, earning her a ranking of “Top 10 Photographers in Houston”. She was noted in 2 books, “Planning a Wedding in Houston” (which was recognized on Oprah) and “Houston Bridal Resource Guidebook”. She worked very hard and photographed 50+ weddings a year for many years, earning multiple awards for her photos along the way. She was a volunteer teacher of photography at various local colleges as well. Norine evolved her photography from weddings to expectant mothers, to family and senior portraits and equine. In 2004, she retired from photography and acted on her underlying passion for rescuing dogs. Throughout the Houston, Tomball and Kingwood areas, Norine fostered, rehabilitated and rehomed countless homeless and abused dogs and established Safe Waters Animal Rescue. In 2011, she expanded into large animal pet sitting for local farmers in Waller and surrounding areas. In 2013, her business evolved into pet sitting cats and dogs in the Kingwood and Atascosita areas. Along the way, her deep love for animals continued to grow and she became one of the most trusted pet sitters in the area. She took her job very seriously and gave unconditional love to each and every pet she took care of. As well as making lifelong friendships along the way.
Norine is survived by her only child, Autumn Lapham, her husband Jason Lapham and their seven children, Bailey Lapham, Gavin Perkins, Valerie Perkins, Caiden Lapham, Madison Lapham, Claire Sullins and Elise Sullins. Also her big sister, Karen Fournier and little brother, Michael Fournier. Her oldest brother, Roger Bissonnette, was likely waiting for her at heavens gates as he passed away in 2012. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. And of course, her sweet pups, Blossom, Tilly and Chichi.
In lieu of flowers, we ask that you kindly give to your local animal rescues as they are mostly run by volunteers such as Norine. A celebration of life will be held for close friends and family at a later date.
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