Mrs. Elisabeth F. Norwood, C.S.B., was born in Roxbury, Massachusetts. Her father, Isaac Paul Gragg, served throughout the Civil War and was given the rank of Captain by Brevet for gallant and meritorious services. Her mother, Mrs. Eldora O. Gragg, C.S.D., was one of twelve of Mrs. Eddy's pupils chosen by her to form The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, Massachusetts. Mrs. Eddy also appointed Mrs. Gragg as the first woman Reader in The Mother Church, where she read for over seven years.

Mrs. Norwood was educated at the Girls Latin School in Boston, and at private schools. She took Primary class instruction in Christian Science with her mother in 1904, and entered the practice of Christian Science healing in 1915. Mrs. Norwood was a member of the Normal class of the Board of Education of the Massachusetts Metaphysical College in 1922, receiving a certificate as a teacher of Christian Science. From June, 1926, until June, 1929, she served as Superintendent of The Mother Church Sunday School. In June, 1929, Mrs. Norwood was elected Second Reader of The Mother Church, in which office she served until 1932.

The list of lecturers elected to serve on The Christian Science Board of Lectureship during 1942-1943 is as follows:

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