Ruth Ann (DeWeerd) Norton

Age 97, received the ultimate Christmas gift when she went home to be with her Lord on December 17, 2010.  She is now joyfully reunited in Heaven with her husband of 58 years, Herb, who preceded her in death in December of 2001.  A loving wife, mother and nana, Ruth’s radiant smile and heart full of God’s love touched her family and friends forever. Born June 8, 1913, in Humansdorp, South Africa, where her parents were missionaries, she moved back to the USA, spent her childhood in Fairmount, Indiana, and pursued her love for education, graduating from Kalamazoo College.

Her career was spent in elementary education in Michigan, teaching at Belding, serving as a teacher and a principal in Rockford, then in Lansing as a teacher at Genesee Street and Foster Avenue schools, and as principal of Barnes Avenue School.  An active member of Central United Methodist Church for over 50 years, she served in many ways; her favorites were singing in the choir and leading Sip and Sing each Advent.  Ruth’s life prayer was that everyone she met would know the love of God in their own lives.

She is survived by one daughter, Mary Ann (Robert) Broda of Jackson; two grandchildren, Ann Elizabeth and John Norton Broda, who were the light of her life; one dear sister-in-law, Gladys Templin; her sister, Miriam Beeson; and many precious nieces and nephews, and a host of beloved friends.  She was preceded in death by her brothers, James and Paul; and her sisters, Lelia, Faith, and Eunice.

A celebration of her life will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 22, 2010, at Central United Methodist Church, 215 N. Capitol Ave., Lansing, with The Rev. Ronald Brooks officiating.  Interment will follow at Hillside Cemetery.  The family will receive friends at the church from 10:00 a.m. until service time on Wednesday.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to Central United Methodist Church.  Arrangements by the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel.

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Rev. W. J. (Bill) Amundsen
December 21, 2010 at 8:55 pm

I visited Ruth Norton several times as Associate Pastor of Central United Methodist Church of Lansing, Michigan. She was a joy to visit, and her family has been blessed to have her as their mother. Ruth, in turn, was blessed to have Mary Ann as a daughter and blessed to be cared for so well by her daughter and family. You have all been “Blessed to be a Blessing!”


Rev. W. J. (Bill) Amundsen, Retired
Lansing Central UMC Associate Pastor


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