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Virginia Norton

Virginia Lorene Norton, age 82 of Fort Thomas, formerly of Central, passed peacefully into eternity on March 28, 2019, at her home, surrounded by her loving family. Virginia was born December 15, 1936, in Safford, the third child and first daughter of Herman “Dude” Felts and Elsie Lorene Ramsey. When she arrived, she joined older brothers Earl and Jack, and would later be a big sister to Betty, Joan, and John. Throughout the years she was especially close to her sisters. They were all blessed with beautiful voices and as kids and teenagers they could be heard harmonizing and singing together. Virginia grew up in Cactus and attended Safford Schools where she made many life-long friends. On February 14, 1954, she married Thad Cluff Norton. This marriage was the beginning of a fifty-four-year love story on this earth and it continues eternally today. Five children were born to this union: Debbie, Vicki, Tammy, Wade, and Russ. After living a short time in Safford, Phoenix and Solomonville, she and Thad made their home in Central where they would spend the next 50 years. Virginia loved her family and supported them in all they did. She was a wonderful cook who spent many hours baking and canning. She was also a talented seamstress who sewed wedding dresses for all three of her daughters, two of them six weeks apart. She worked for a time at the nursing home and then went to work for Dr. Ivan L. Shiflet, first as a dental assistant and then in the front office. She loved the job and the people she worked with. When Dr. Shiflet retired, Dr. Alvin Coon took over the practice and she worked in the same office for him until her own retirement. Virginia was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and she had a strong and unwavering testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ. She willingly served in many callings throughout her life. But the one she loved most was the time she and Thad spent together in the Central Ward nursery with the little ones. Virginia passed peacefully on Thursday morning with all of her children at her side. She was preceded in death by: her loving husband, Thad; grandson, Jared Claridge; parents, Dude and Elsie Felts; her brother, Earl Felts; brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Sandra Felts; and brother, John Henry Felts. She is survived by: her children, Debbie and Chris Claridge, Vicki and Steve Clonts, Tammy and Loren Rogers, Wade and Amy Norton, and Russ and Jani Norton; 28 grandchildren, 82 great-grandchildren, 13 great-great grandchildren, and her sisters Betty Clonts and Joan John all of whom she loved with all her heart. Funeral services for Virginia will be conducted Saturday, April 6, 2019, at 10:00 a.m., at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Fort Thomas Chapel. Concluding services will follow in the Central Cemetery. Family will receive friends Saturday morning, April 6, 2019, from 8:30 a.m. until 9:45 a.m., in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Fort Thomas Chapel Relief Society Room.

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Vickie so sorry to learn of Your Mothers Passing. Our Condolence to You and Your Family. Ivan and Clara Ferrin

Ivan Ferrin Apr 6 2019 12:00 AM

Vickie so sorry to learn of Your Mothers Passing. Our Condolence to You and Your Family. Ivan and Clara Ferrin

Ivan Ferrin Apr 6 2019 12:00 AM

Hell Be With You Shortly by Kirt Spencer 4/2/19 With great anticipation, she wandered the pristine trails and pathways. Roses adorned the sides of an immaculate walkway. Birds chirped and sang in unison, the melody of the moment inviting and heart warming. She pressed on. The faces of loved ones long departed stood along the path at intervals. Any attempt to speak was briefly met with a directional finger as it pointed and beckoned her to continue her journey. St. Peter had let her in the gate, reading her name and confirming her arrival. He placed her feet upon the path and said, hell be with shortly. The low echo of angelic choirs in rehearsal punctuated the harmonic silence. Where could he be? More relatives, more smiles and gestures. More pointing and directing. More flowers, carnations, lilies, orchids, daisies, sunflowers and more roses, greeting her as she ventured along the inviting curves, twists, turns and gentle hills of her footpath. Signs along the path, telling her story, praising her accomplishments and announcing the good deeds of her life were revealed, acknowledging her existence and reminding her of who she was, her birthright and the legacy she left behind. Hell be with you shortly, resounded in her ears as she continued forward, her step lighter than it had been in years, her pains removed, her sorrows reversed and her mind clear and open. Hell be with you shortly, was it too soon to meet God? Was it Judgment Day already, is this how it happened for everyone. Her heart sunk, the burden of a lifetime bearing down on her. Could she look him in the eye? Could she hold her head up high? The path began to level off, the gathering of souls more abundant, the faces recognizable. She longed to embrace, she longed to hug, she held out her arms but was once again directed forward. And then the music subsided, the birds no longer chattered and voices could be heard, laughter, cheers and enthusiastic articulation. And that telltale sound of a ball bouncing off a perfectly crafted glass topped ping pong table. Hell be with your shortly, Thad is playing Jesus today for the championship.

Kirt Spencer Apr 3 2019 12:00 AM

Betty, Vicki and all, I share your pain, your loss and the emptiness of losing a loved one. I was one of those who had challenged Thad, your patriarch to a game of ping pong. It was futile but for one game, one blast of something more than I was.... I fired a couple of shots that made his head spin, his eyes widen and his gaze - a piercing testament to my one shining moment. Win, lose or draw - I had had my shot and savored the moment. The days ahead will be filled with smiles, laughter and tears. A hollowness, the likes of which you have never known. But Heaven has now embraced that spirit and will give you peace, comfort and reassurance. May you be blessed with understanding. Spirits Embrace by Kirt Spencer 4/2/19 I walked today where Jesus walked Hallowed halls - where believers flocked Loved ones greeted and welcomed me Never more was I nearer my God to thee A warm embrace, the journey now oer In His loving arms, my soul so poor Acceptance for the life well lived Comfort in knowing, he still forgives I walked today, where angels tread Where songs are spun, with golden thread In Heavenly chambers, all voices unite Not mired, encumbered- by an earthly plight I rested today, in the arms of Jesus We innocently believed, he often sees us Now in Heaven, I can view his face While the body slumbers, our spirits embrace

Kirt Spencer Apr 3 2019 12:00 AM

Betty, Vicki and all, I share your pain, your loss and the emptiness of losing a loved one. I was one of those who had challenged Thad, your patriarch to a game of ping pong. It was futile but for one game, one blast of something more than I was.... I fired a couple of shots that made his head spin, his eyes widen and his gaze - a piercing testament to my one shining moment. Win, lose or draw - I had had my shot and savored the moment. The days ahead will be filled with smiles, laughter and tears. A hollowness, the likes of which you have never known. But Heaven has now embraced that spirit and will give you peace, comfort and reassurance. May you be blessed with understanding. Spirits Embrace by Kirt Spencer 4/2/19 I walked today where Jesus walked Hallowed halls - where believers flocked Loved ones greeted and welcomed me Never more was I nearer my God to thee A warm embrace, the journey now oer In His loving arms, my soul so poor Acceptance for the life well lived Comfort in knowing, he still forgives I walked today, where angels tread Where songs are spun, with golden thread In Heavenly chambers, all voices unite Not mired, encumbered- by an earthly plight I rested today, in the arms of Jesus We innocently believed, he often sees us Now in Heaven, I can view his face While the body slumbers, our spirits embrace

Kirt Spencer Apr 3 2019 12:00 AM

Hell Be With You Shortly by Kirt Spencer 4/2/19 With great anticipation, she wandered the pristine trails and pathways. Roses adorned the sides of an immaculate walkway. Birds chirped and sang in unison, the melody of the moment inviting and heart warming. She pressed on. The faces of loved ones long departed stood along the path at intervals. Any attempt to speak was briefly met with a directional finger as it pointed and beckoned her to continue her journey. St. Peter had let her in the gate, reading her name and confirming her arrival. He placed her feet upon the path and said, hell be with shortly. The low echo of angelic choirs in rehearsal punctuated the harmonic silence. Where could he be? More relatives, more smiles and gestures. More pointing and directing. More flowers, carnations, lilies, orchids, daisies, sunflowers and more roses, greeting her as she ventured along the inviting curves, twists, turns and gentle hills of her footpath. Signs along the path, telling her story, praising her accomplishments and announcing the good deeds of her life were revealed, acknowledging her existence and reminding her of who she was, her birthright and the legacy she left behind. Hell be with you shortly, resounded in her ears as she continued forward, her step lighter than it had been in years, her pains removed, her sorrows reversed and her mind clear and open. Hell be with you shortly, was it too soon to meet God? Was it Judgment Day already, is this how it happened for everyone. Her heart sunk, the burden of a lifetime bearing down on her. Could she look him in the eye? Could she hold her head up high? The path began to level off, the gathering of souls more abundant, the faces recognizable. She longed to embrace, she longed to hug, she held out her arms but was once again directed forward. And then the music subsided, the birds no longer chattered and voices could be heard, laughter, cheers and enthusiastic articulation. And that telltale sound of a ball bouncing off a perfectly crafted glass topped ping pong table. Hell be with your shortly, Thad is playing Jesus today for the championship.

Kirt Spencer Apr 3 2019 12:00 AM

Sharon Kay Nelson sent a virtual gift in memory of Virginia Norton

Sharon Kay Nelson Apr 3 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Virginia Norton

Betty Provencio Mar 30 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Virginia Norton

Betty Provencio Mar 30 2019 12:00 AM

Our prayers are with the Norton family. May you find comfort in the many memories you all have shared with your Mother. Sherry and Chris Porter

Sherry and Chris Porter Mar 29 2019 12:00 AM

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