Elaine Bontke Norrell was born and raised on a farm north east of Plainview. She met her high school sweetheart her freshman year at Kress high school and Elaine and Stewart married in June of 1962. They have three children (Ritchie, Torrie, and Lance), eleven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. The number one priority in Elaine’s life is her relationship with her Lord and Savior. The greatest blessing in her life is family and the memories they have in sharing life together. One of her favorite memories is their annual Thanksgiving/Christmas cookie baking and decorating. Every year since the children were very young they set a day apart just for this family tradition. Elaine and Stewart love to travel and most of the time, it’s with their RV. Harvest became their home church in 2015. They fell in love with the people of Harvest and their Lord all over again.
Who is your hero and why?
My hero is my husband, Stewart. He is always constant, always faithful and has always been there for me no matter how hard or ugly it gets!
What event had the greatest impact on your life? The event that had the greatest effect on my life was when my father went home to be with his Savior when he was 57 years old. He was my life (my little god) even though I didn’t realize it at the time. I knew that whatever came he would and could fix it for me. Only after he was gone and I had gone through many trials and struggles did I realize that. I asked for forgiveness and put my Heavenly Father where he rightly belonged, on the throne of my heart.
What advice can you give to young women in our church?
My advice for the young moms and every woman, is to put your relationship with your Lord first, then family, next church. The rest will fall into place. Speak life over your children, bless them and pray, asking the Lord to use even the mistakes you make to instill in your children good, godly principles in their lives. Don’t waste a moment of your life with unforgiveness, regrets, worry, anger and jealousy. We are not promised tomorrow so enjoy the moment.