2017-06-22 / Obituaries

Audrey Norton


Audrey Norton Audrey Norton Audrey Marion Norton, 90, of Pontiac, passed away Wednesday afternoon, June 7, 2017.

She was born January 2, 1927, to Clayton and Jennie (nee Taylor) Morrison in Pickford.

She received her education from Pickford Schools and Bob Jones University.

She married James Norton of Dafter June 4, 1951, at the Pickford United Methodist Church. They reared five children. In 1952, Mrs. Norton and her husband moved to Japan, where they spent the majority of the ensuing 49 years in missionary service, first under The Evangelical Alliance Mission (TEAM), and later with Baptist World Mission, founding seven local Japanese churches while maintaining an evangelistic focus throughout the country.

A piano teacher throughout all of her years in Japan, Mrs. Norton influenced scores of young Japanese and American students both musically and in their faith development. During one of her family’s occasional terms in the United States, she directed the band and taught music at Pickford High School. Each Thursday in Japan, she participated in church women’s meetings, often hosting them in her home. She loved to connect with people, listen to their stories, open her home, and enjoy meals with family and friends.

She is survived by four sons and their families, Jimmie Norton of Fort Mitchell, Alabama, Thomas and Sheila Norton of Murfreesboro,

Tennessee, Bryce Norton of Pontiac, and Joseph and Mary Norton of Cincinnati, Ohio; a daughter and her family, Kathleen and John Nelson of Houghton, New York; 16 grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by two sisters and their families, Dorthea and Ragan Callaway of Missoula, Montana, and June Peffers of Sault Ste. Marie, and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Norton was preceded in death by her husband, James.

Services were held Wednesday, June 14, at 11 a.m. at C.S. Mulder Funeral Home in Sault Ste. Marie with Pastor Tim Rader and Dr. Thomas Norton officiating. Visitation was Tuesday, June 13, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Interment followed at Kinross Lakeview Cemetery.

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