Bertha Marie Norton

Wednesday, May 26, 2004

Bertha Marie Norton, 86, of Harrisburg, died Sunday, May 23, at St. Bernard's Medical Center in Jonesboro.

Born at Sitka, she was a homemaker, a former school cafeteria supervisor and worked providing care for children and the elderly. She was a member of Harrisburg Church of Christ.

Survivors include two daughters, Beverly Marie Macha of Levelland, Texas, and Rose Nell Blanchard of Harrisburg; five grandchildren, Harold Edward Weston, Debbie Weston Carpenter, Donna Weston Cowdrey, Scottie Ray Blanchard and Lori Blanchard Garland; and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Edward Norton; her parents, Quint Tompkins and Virgie Mae Sanders Tompkins; and two brothers.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 26 at Harrisburg Church of Christ with Bob McDoniel and Jerry Thompson will officiating. Burial followed in Harrisburg Memorial Park Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were John Tompkins, Greg Biggers, Brian Lane, Glen Holmes, Bill Mears and Curt Cowdrey.

Honorary pallbearers included James Wright, Calvin Lee, Bill Weston, Carmack Sanders, Marvin Wilson, Wayne Mardis and Melvin Messer.

The family asks that memorials be made to the Harrisburg Church of Christ or to Children's Homes of Paragould.