Betty Lou Norton
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Betty Lou Norton , Age: 72
June 27, 1940 -- April 04, 2013

Betty Lou Norton of Baldwin City died Thursday, April 4, 2013 in Topeka. Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, at the Porter Funeral Home, 8535 Monrovia, Lenexa, KS. Visitation will precede the service from 12 noon - 1:00 p.m. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery, Lenexa, KS. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Douglas County Humane Society or to the American Cancer Society.

Betty was born June 27, 1940 in Hays, KS to Everett and Eva (Morton) Coleman. She later moved toWaKeeney where she graduated from Trego Community High School in 1958. After graduation, she moved to Denver, CO and attended Barnes Business School. On October 15, 1960 she married Bill Norton and they had two sons.

In Denver, Betty worked for Samsonsite Luggage for several years before the family moved to Colorado Springs. Upon their return to Denver, Betty worked in several positions in the Cherry Creek School District. In 2005 she retired from the school district and they moved to Baldwin City to be closer to their children and grandchildren.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents and sister Janice Coleman. She is survived byher husband Bill, sons Brian of Waukee, IA and Bradley (Paige) of Gardner, grandchildren,Greer and Finley of Gardner, sister Marjorie Deines (Don) of Beatrice, NE, and NancyTomanek (Gary) of WaKeeney. Betty was also an Aunt, Cousin and friend to many peoplewhom she loved.


Paul and Terry Just April 06, 2013

Good friends since 1979 Englewood , Louisiana

I met Betty at Belleview Elementary in 1979 and worked there for 6 years. She was the Office Manager and was always so helpful and sweet to me until I left to Cherry Creek High School. We kept in touch and got together with another co-worker, Frankie to eat lunch or dinner every month through the school year until she moved to Baldwin City, KS. She will be missed and I always will think of her as a sister that I never had. Love You Betty!

Gayle Gardner Erskine April 07, 2013

Friend Lady Lake, , Florida

I am so sorry to hear about the death of Betty Norton. My sympathy and prayers to her family. She was so important to each of us that shared our lives at Prairie Middle School in Aurora, Colorado. She meant the world to every teacher, staff member and child. She was a blessing and a friend. Kindness was a part of each and every day of her life. You will be missed Betty

Brooke Snow April 07, 2013

Former co-worker Billings , Montana

I'm so sorry to hear of Betty's passing. My first teaching job was a Prairie Middle School where she was secretary. She was always so kind and efficient and in what was sometimes a rough year I knew I could count on a welcome from Betty.

Don Waldera April 07, 2013

Prairie Denver , Colorado

Betty was such a joy to work with at Prairie. I was an Assistant Principal during the early 90's. Her positive attitude and ever present smile always made my day. She helped to make the world a much better place for us all. She will be remembered. Don Waldera

Mary MacMillan April 07, 2013

Coworker and friend Parker , Colorado

My prayers are with all of you. Betty made life at Prairie Middle School a joy each day. Her smile and calm demeanor kept all the teachers, and staff in line! I will always remember her.

Biondo Family April 07, 2013

Friends Lenexa , Kansas

We are so sorry about the loss of your mother Brad. She was a frequent spectator at Greer's games and we grew quite fond of her. She was young at heart and vibrant in spirit. We will miss her. Deb, John, and Madison

Leslie Hamilton April 07, 2013

Betty was our school secretary at Prairie Middle School Geneva , Illinois

To me, Betty was Prairie Middle School. She helped hold it together, and she knew how to keep things in balance. Very kind and polite, yet strong and capable. She always made me feel like I was special. And, I am pretty sure everyone felt that way. She pops into my head a bunch, and I am sure she will contiue to do so. My sympathy to family and friends.

Mary Jo Lorenz April 07, 2013

Friend and colleague at Prairie Middle School Denver , Colorado

Betty was the kindest, gentlest, and most patient person I knew. She always took care of others and made them feel as if they could do no wrong. What a gift it was to have known Betty and how she saved me so many times in our day to day calamaties with teaching in a middle school. I love and will miss her. My sympathies go out to all left behind to mourn her. She so looked forward to being around her granchildren and that made her happiest.

Allen and Ilene Bryce April 07, 2013

Friend Westminster , Colorado

Bill, Brian and Brad. We are so sorry to hear of Betty's passing. She was always so friendly and such a nice person. I remember her from the Field Staff parties and telephone calls at work. I know she will be missed, but remember all the good memories and stay strong. Take care.

Jeff Cazier April 08, 2013

friend Littleton , Colorado

My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Betty was such a friend and caretaker for all of us at Prairie Middle School. She was the first and kindest face I met when coming to Prairie. She always took care of everyone and made school such a warm and caring place. Betty will always be in my heart.

Mary Stuart Morgan April 08, 2013

teacher at Prairie Middle School Centennial , Colorado

My sympathy and prayers go out to all of Betty's family and friends. I taught at Prairie Middle School for 9 years and Betty was such a kind, supportive presence. We had a lot of fun at Prairie and Betty was an important part of the family we formed there. With kind regards, Mary Stuart Morgan

Roberta Ford April 08, 2013

We worke together at Prairie Middle School Highlands Ranch , Colorado

Working with Betty was one of the brightest spots of my entire teaching career! She was such a special lady who never let her "official" job description keep her from reaching out to the entire Prairie family. My deepest condolences to all of you.

Bridget Keefe April 08, 2013

Friend & Co-worker Aurora , Colorado

I'm so sad to hear of Betty's passing. She was a wonderful lady who cared so much about everyone else. She was everyone's mom at Priarie Middle School, and I enjoyed working with her everyday. She was so excited to retire and spend time with her grandchildren and family. She will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time.

Barbara Walker April 09, 2013

Colleague at Prairie Middle School Enter your city , Colorado

I want to express my deepest sympathy to the family for the lost of your beloved Betty. I can sincerely say she was one of the nicest people anyone would want to meet. She was friendly, kind and always helpful. May your fond, loving memories see you through this difficult time.

Margaret Maloy April 08, 2013

Co-worker Denver , Colorado

Betty Norton was the heart of Prairie Middle School. She was one of the kindest people I have known. She always had time to ask me how I was getting on or what had happened to a staff member who might be going through a rough time. Betty was competent, efficient and generous with her time and her heart. I am lucky to have known and loved Betty Norton.

Ed Beckman April 08, 2013

Enter your relationship with Betty Lou Norton Enter your city ,

Classy, professional, friendly, efficient, kind, caring, warm - just a few words that come to mind when I think of Betty. My many years at Prairie Middle School were made better because of her. Never too busy to share a smile, a kind word, or an attentive ear, Betty was the heart of our school community. My condolences to all her family and friends. Betty, you are sorely missed but always remembered.

Tony Poole April 08, 2013

Co Worker at Prairie Centennial , Colorado

It was my honor to work with Betty on two separate occasions. I was a teacher at Prairie my first five years and then went back later as an AP. Betty was the constant. Always kind, ready with a smile, and easy to tease, I treasured working with her. She took care of me when I was young, and when I was older alike, and I will always hold her dear in my heart.

Karen Young April 08, 2013

Taught at Prairie Middle School Centennial , Colorado

I taught at Prairie Middle School for 16 years and many of my fondest memories involve Betty. She was always so kind and helpful to all the staff. I was so very sorry to hear of her passing. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends at this time.

Kelly, Jill, Kelsey & Kyle Hedlund April 08, 2013

Niece Hays , Kansas

Our thoughts and prayers are with you Bill, Brian, Brad and the rest of your family. So sad to hear about Aunt Betty. She was very special and will be missed. Thinking of you!

Liz Healy April 09, 2013

Prairie Middle School Littleton , Colorado

My thoughts and prayers are with The Norton family. I have such warm memories of Betty while she worked with us at Prairie Middle School. She was so kind. Her care and support made everyone feel so special. Betty will remain in my heart forever.

Doyle and Kathy Oswald April 12, 2013

Teachers at Prairie M.S. Parker , Colorado

We are so sorry to hear the news of Betty's death. No matter the issues... good days and celebrations, or rough days with problems...dear Betty was the constant and compassionate heart of the Prairie family. When we saw her in the office, diligently at her desk, we knew she was our advocate. Her job description may have been office manager/secretary, but she was such a good example to us that we fondly remember her as mentor and friend. Her life truly blessed us!