Essie Fern Norton
1921 - 2011
Essie Fern Racer Norton was born Dec. 1, 1921 and died Jan. 9, 2011 in Payson.
She was a resident of Strawberry for 39 years. Mrs. Norton taught elementary education in Phoenix for 20 years, retiring and moving to Strawberry in the early 1980s.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Kenneth Wade Norton; and her beautiful granddaughter, Yonna Christine Coassolo.
Mrs. Norton is survived by her three children, Dan (Anna Lee) Norton of Scottsdale, Kathi (Jim) Lovetro of Payson and Shelley (Joe) Norton of Strawberry. Also surviving are her loving grandchildren, Brian (Michelle) Norton of Philadelphia, Pa., Douglas (Heather) Norton of Castle Rock, Colo., Jason Edwards of Phoenix, Sumer (Thomas) Chambers of Payson, Joey (Bridget) Coassolo of Phoenix and Samantha Edwards of Phoenix; great-grandchildren, Arleigh, Delaney and Max Norton of Castle Rock, Colo., Thomas Jr., Armondo, Skyler Chambers of Payson and Garrett and Peyton of Phoenix.
“Our mother will be forever in our hearts,” writes her family.
Services will be at 11 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 13 at East Resthaven, 43rd St. and Southern, Phoenix.
Donations in Mrs. Norton’s name may be made to Payson’s Hospice Compassus, for further details call (928) 476-2309.