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March 18, 2013

Frances J. Norton

The Daily Star

---- — Frances J. Norton

MORRIS — Frances J. Norton, 70, of Morris, passed away peacefully while surrounded by her family on Thursday, March 14, 2013.

Frances is survived by her husband of 50 years, Bruce Norton; and three sons and their wives, David and Lisa Norton of Edmeston, Brian and Christala Norton of Morris and Tom and Raquel Norton of Otego. She was devoted to her eight grandchildren and their spouses; granddaughter, Jessica Homer (Todd), Patrick Norton (Mikella), David Palmatier (Amanda), Jennifer Hoag (Jeremy), William Norton, Justine Norton, Skyler Norton and Peyton Norton. Also surviving are two nephews, Walter and Gary Oliver, who were an extension of her own children, the sons of her predeceased twin sister, Fleurs (Susie) Oliver. She is survived by two brothers, Harry Swift (Rose) and Gary Swift (Sandy); and sister, Helen Swift; two brothers-in-law, Lyle Norton (Eva) and Clyde Norton, three sisters-in-law, Anita Blackman, Claire Taber and Gay Edelman (Martin); and several nieces and nephews.

Other than her twin sister, Frances was predeceased by Leslie Swift (Roberta), DeForest Swift and Dale Norton.

Frances was a graduate of Oneonta High School. She worked as a legal secretary at Albert Farone Law Offices, Oneonta, for several years. She then enjoyed many years of employment at Morris Central School in the cafeteria. She owned/operated Butternut Video, Morris for several years.

She loved her years as a devoted wife, homemaker, mother and grandmother.

She enjoyed working outside and loved reading, knitting, crocheting, shopping and traveling with an occasional stop at a casino.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Morris Emergency Squad, P.O. Box 452, Morris, NY 13808 or the Roswell Park Cancer Institute at

Calling hours will be 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 18, 2013, at Johnston Funeral Home in Morris.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at Light Walkers Church at 193 County Highway 49 in Morris with the Rev. John Buskey, officiating. Committal services and burial will follow in Hillington Cemetery in Morris. A gathering at the Morris Fire Hall will follow.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements are by the Johnston Funeral Home of Morris.