Gloria Norton

June 29, 1936March 9, 2018

Gloria Cecelia Chan Dipwai Norton died following a stroke in Newport Beach on Friday, March 9, 2018.

Gloria was born on June 29, 1936 in China and spent her early years there until her family fled to Hong Kong shortly before the Communists gained control of southern China. When her family arrived in Hong Kong, Gloria enrolled herself in a Catholic school founded by missionaries, learned English, graduated from high school, and worked for the American Consulate where she assisted with Richard Nixon’s visit in 1958.

She set her sights on America and was the first member of her family to immigrate at the age of 22. When she arrived in Los Angeles in 1958, she met a handsome young singer, who was so smitten by her beauty and charm that he proposed on the second date. She refused, but he eventually won her over and they married in 1960 and settled in Costa Mesa, California.

They built a family and a business together, creating a software company before anyone had ever heard of a dot com. They raised two daughters, Ilena and Donna, and sent them off to Stanford University to obtain the education that Gloria did not have the opportunity to obtain. One daughter became a doctor and the other a lawyer, fulfilling the dreams of a young and determined girl in Hong Kong.

Gloria was a devout Catholic and worked for many years to support Catholic missionaries abroad, who had so influenced her life’s path.

She is survived by her husband, Donald Norton, her daughters. Ilena and Donna, their husbands Jack and Michael, her grandchildren, Cole, Luke, and Nicole, her siblings, Elizabeth, Bosco, Michael, Agnes, Philamenia, and Alan, and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial donations may be made to Catholic Charities.


20 March

Graveside Service

10:30 am

Riverside National Cemetery

22495 Van Buren Blvd.
Riverside , CA 92518


  • Visitation Friday, March 16, 2018
  • Rosary Friday, March 16, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, March 17, 2018

Gloria Norton

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Helen Lee

March 16, 2018


A huge thank you from the Sheng family. Almost 50 years! You were there to help us (all 13) adjust to life in the US and comfort us when we lost one of our own. You will be missed.

Richard Verdugo

March 15, 2018


Always shared her treats with me any Sunday at our games. They were for her team but really for anyone who wanted her wonderful baked treats.
I will miss seeing her at our games. A very quiet and wonderful women may she Rest In Peace.

My love to her and family from the Verdugo family.