Nora was born and reared in a thatched cottage in Carrowmanagh. Tragedy struck her family in 1942, when at the tender age of 15, she and her siblings were orphaned. As she said herself, there were no handouts through the post and no state agency to look after them. They just had to adapt to their new situation and adapt they did. They became self-sufficient and worked outside the home when necessary.
She later married Mick Williams, Clogherboy and after a short stay in England they returned to the Williams family farm where she lived and reared 12 children until she passed away in 2016.
Before her death, Nora was a widow for a number of years. she was a daughter, wife,daughter-in-law, mother, sister, aunt, granny, great-grandmother, neighbour and friend.
Nora began submitting her stories to local magazine Out and About in Killererin in 2000, hardly missing an issue until she passed away in 2016. In 2016, the Magazine committed decided that they would gather all her stories together and publish them in a book Tales from the Past for her and her family. The book was a surprise for Nora and was presented to her at a small intimate function in The Red Gap arranged in her honour a few weeks before her sudden death.
Nora had given many pleasurable moments to their readers through her stories.
Thankfully, her memory stood the test of time and more importantly, she had the skill and talent to record them for posterity.