Bernice D. Norton, 96

Bernice D. Norton, 96, of Martin, passed away Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in Plainwell. Her unwavering faith in the God who paid for her sins has now enabled her to be received into His presence, where she will spend eternity.

Bernice Dorothy Samuelson was born on Nov. 5, 1917, to Anton and Amanda (Engdehl) Samuelson. Her 96 years were filled with service to others and in later years her home became a place of hospitality for traveling family members and missionaries.

On Dec. 23, 1939, she married Raymond Norton, who preceded her in death in 1981.

They had seven children, Phillip Norton of Plainwell, John (Marsha) Norton of Portage, Dan (Shirley) Norton of Fla., Mary Murray of Grant, Martha (Tom) Thornton of Martin, Tim (Karen) Norton of Kalamazoo and Joe (Peggy) Norton of Dorr; and then 16 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren with three due soon.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; siblings, George and Ruth; and a son-in-law, Joe Murray.

Friends met with Bernice’s family Friday, April 25, at Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego. The funeral service was Saturday, April 26, at Watson Bible Church. Pastor Tim Farley officiated. Burial followed at Hicks Cemetery.

Contributions in memory of Bernice may be made to Watson Bible Church. Messages of condolence may be posted by visiting


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