Jean Marie Norton

March 20, 1943August 23, 2019

Jean “Nana Book” M. (Ventura) Norton, age 76, of Assonet, passed away Friday, August 23, 2019 at St. Luke’s Hospital, New Bedford. She was the loving wife of Michael Norton.

Born in Taunton, a daughter of Maria (Meunier) Ventura and the late Joseph Ventura, she was a life-long resident of the area.

A graduate of Taunton High School, Class of 1961, she later earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Bridgewater State College. Mrs. Norton was a school teacher in Freetown, Fall River and Sudbury Elementary Schools for many years, retiring in 2001.

An avid reader, she loved reading just about everything and especially to her grandchildren. A New England sports team enthusiast, she especially loved the Boston Red Sox.

In addition to her husband and mother she is survived by: one daughter, Kerry Gray of Taunton and her former husband Bill Gray of Lakeville; one son, Michael Norton and his wife Roxanne Reynolds of East Falmouth; four grandchildren, Jasmine Reynolds, Bill, Brennan and Owen Gray one brother, Steven Ventura; one niece and many nephews. She was the mother of the late Kristine Norton and sister of the late Joseph Ventura.

Her funeral will be held Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at 9:00 AM from the Waring-Sullivan Home at Cherry Place, 178 Winter St., Fall River, followed by her funeral mass at 10:00 AM in Holy Name Church, Fall River. Visiting hours are Tuesday from 4:00 to 7:00 PM. Memorial contributions in her honor may be made to The Jimmy Fund, 10 Brookline Place West, Brookline, MA 02445-7226. For tributes and/or directions,


  • The Jimmy Fund


  • Visitation Tuesday, August 27, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, August 28, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Wednesday, August 28, 2019
  • Burial Wednesday, August 28, 2019


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Kerry Gray

August 26, 2019

Thank you to all who were able to share in the life of a wonderful woman.....

Janet Lemos

August 25, 2019

Yes I have a lot of wonderful memories of you! Watching you with your grand-children (my great nephews) was always a joy. The love of learning and reading that you impressed upon them was the greatest gift one could give. My personal memory was such a fun one with you. In Judy & Will Gray's backyard around the pool. We were having some beers and sharing our love of Jackson Browne music. On Friday as I was driving, thinking of you, there he was, signing one of his best. I belted it out with him and remembered that day with you on the side of the pool, laughing and just "being" with each other. Of course I smiled and cried for you.......... for your suffering,............ for having to let you go. It is a wonderful memory for me and one that I will hold forever, thank you. Good Bye my friend. Jackson said: "In the end there is one dance we do alone." But he really was wrong about that, huh? God held you in his arms and holds you still as the child you are to him, we are never alone!