In Loving Memory of

Mary Virginia Norton


In loving gratitude of Mary V. Skipper Norton , daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, friend and teacher.

Born in Spring Lake, Florida to John Skipper and Josie Evans Skipper July 15, 1923. Being the daughter of a Methodist minister, she lived in many different towns in Florida and graduated from Lake Butler High School. She received her Bachelor’s of Science from Florida Southern where she met her husband (John) Stanley Norton. They were married on June 24, 1945. They moved to State College, Pennsylvania where she worked as a dietitian until Stan graduated from Penn State. From there they went to Louisiana State University and both attained their Master’s Degrees. Her first child, John S. Norton, Jr. was born there.

They returned to Florida when Stan accepted a position at the University of Florida Department of Agricultural Engineering. Mary taught at Hawthorne High School from 1954-1956. They both worked on the design and construction of their house on 10th Avenue where their second child, Trish, was born. They then moved to Massachusetts where they remained for 27 years. Mary was the Home Economics teacher at Wareham High School from 1966-1982. Stan worked at the Experimental Station for the University of Massachusetts from 1957-1983. Stan and Mary returned to their home in Gainesville in 1984 where Mary resided until her passing, February 3, 2015.

Mary was active in the Methodist Church throughout her life. She was still a member of the Earnest Workers at the age of 91.

She loved watching college football, particularly rooting for Penn State, LSU and the University of Florida. She also enjoyed Red Sox baseball.

She didn’t seem to have favorites, not a favorite color, flower, tree, car, or person, she enjoyed them all. There was one favorite though – chocolate. Her chocolate gene has been passed on to both her children and her three grandchildren.

Mary loved people and wanted to know their story and share in their lives. She remembered the personal histories of her nieces and nephews (of which there were many on Stan’s side), family of friends and casual acquaintances. She would like you because you were nice, not for wealth or education, race or religion. All were equal in her eyes. She moved through life gracefully, peacefully, with a sense of humor, always sweet, caring and thinking of others.

She will be greatly missed by Trish, John and his wife, Penelope, by her three grandchildren, Jamie, Matt and Amanda and by her many friends.

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  1. Mary Ann Silva at · Reply

    To Mrs. Norton’s family,

    My deepest sympathies to her children and grandchildren. I had Mrs. Norton for Home Economics at Wareham High School. She was the greatest teacher. I learned to sew and cook from Mrs. Norton. She was always soooo patient and kind. Rarely did you hear a stern word from her. She also taught my sisters until they graduated in 1968 and 1970. I graduated in 1972. She was always so encouraging and let us know that we could achieve anything with perserverence and hard work. I am now sixty and still enjoy sewing, not so much cooking. I have wondered where she moved to after leaving Wareham. I am happy to see that she lived a long and enjoyable life. It sounds as though you all have such wonderful and loving memories. Keep them close to your heart and she will be only a whisper away! God Bless you all!

    Mary Ann Silva
    Wareham Town Clerk

    1. Trish Norton at · Reply

      Dear Mary Ann,
      Thank you so much for your comments about my Mom. She touched many lives in many ways but mostly through all her years teaching at Wareham. She loved her job and her students and would be very happy to know you took the time to celebrate her impact on your life. Think of her when you’re sewing!
      Trish Norton, her daughter

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