Jane Marie Norton
February 7, 1942 – January 3, 2021
Jane M. Norton was born on February 7, 1942, to Jim and Dorothy Bushfield of Kansas City Missouri.
Jane attended Border Star Elementary and graduated in 1960 from Southwest High School where she participated in student council, the choir and was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. She had a core group of high school friends, the Yada's, that she traveled with yearly up until her death. After graduating high school Jane headed south to Texas to attend TCU but transferred to Kansas University to finish up the last three years of her elementary education degree. She was also a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority there. This proved to be a pivotal time for Jane because she lived in the Theta house which was right next door to the Beta house which is where she met the love of her life, Joe L Norton, aka ‘Chicken’ .
They married on December 19, 1964 in Kansas City, Missouri, at Linwood Presbyterian and Jane supported Joe with her teaching job through law school.
On June 4, 1966 they welcomed their first daughter Sallie Ben. Son Jay came along on November 26, 1968 and last, but not least, Sarah Jane finished up their little family on April 27, 1970.
In Olathe, Jane immersed herself in motherhood and volunteer work. She was one of the founders of Olathe Junior Service League in 1969 and continued that work for the next fifty years. Jane ran for the Olathe School Board twice and was elected both times. Jane also picked up volunteer work at Olathe Hospital where she served on the Charitable Foundation Board since its inception.
After Joe passed in 2008, Jane threw herself into Church of the Resurrection in Leawood where she volunteered filling backpacks, served communion and was a liaison for Troost Elementary, where she worked in the classroom. She added Christmas in October and Bless This School where she did rehabs on homes and schools.
Jane always surrounded herself with amazing people: The Tan-Tara-Ten, The Yada's and the teachers from Boozeday Tuesday. She was a friend to all who knew her. Jane is preceded in death by her husband Joe and parents Jim and Dorothy Bushfield. She is survived by her big sister Ann Dale, children Sallie Ben, Jay and Sarah Jane, 8 grandchildren, and her dear friend Bob Sturdevant.
There will be a private family interment where Jane will be reunited with Joe and then as soon as the pandemic ban is lifted there will be a funeral and a Celebration of Life where Janey's life can be celebrated in the spirit that she would want.
Donations in Jane's honor can be made to Church of the Resurrection. Checks payable to Church of the Resurrection with Backpacks for Hunger in the memo line. Mail to church, Attn: Finance Dept. 13720 Roe Avenue, Leawood, KS 66224
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Jane Marie Norton
September 7, 2021
I'm so sorry to hear of Jane's death. She was such a sweet woman and was always so nice to my mother.
September 4, 2021
My husband Rex and I did back packs with Jane— one of the nicest ladies I’ve ever known. Our prayers for her family
September 3, 2021
I am just now realizing that Jane passed away in January, saw it in the paper today. I feel bad that I missed knowing that she passed . My daughter, Emmy, was in Jane’s class and loved her . Not only was she a wonderful, devoted teacher, but a friend to all. Her smile and laugh were contagious. I remember her nickname of “snortin Norton”! One time she had her grandson with her, Sam I think, for the day. I ended up taking Sam home to play for the day and brought him back at the end of the school day. We’ll never forget her kindness and generosity and commitment to teaching. Prayers to all of her family, we’ll miss her. Love, Martha Lieser and family
February 21, 2021
When my son was in the fourth grade at Tomahawk Elementary School, I heard all these wonderful things about Mrs. Horton. I sent a letter to the principal requesting that my son Ben be placed in her classroom. What a wonderful year he had. Mrs Norton was so kind and caring that my son kept telling me how happy he was to have as a teacher. A few years later my son was getting Bar Mitzvah’d and he wanted to send, his favorite teacher, Mrs. Norton an invitation. I was shocked when I saw her in the sanctuary. It’s been over 20 years and he still talks about her. My condolences to her family.
Mary Frances Horton
January 31, 2021
My husband, Mike, and I met Jane through our friend, Bob S. We went out together a number of times and got to know and enjoy her wit, thoughtfulness, kindness and commitment to giving of her time and services to others in the community.
I will treasure and miss her beautiful blue eyes and smile and her fun company.
She loved and talked about her children and grandchildren often.
Jane and I shared Bible passages that strengthened her unfailing Christian faith and love in God. Her faith fueled her ability to deal with her failing health knowing God loved her and was with her; that her fate was in His hands, and she accepted that. What a great model of how to live life to the fullest!
Peace be with all of you.
Mary Frances and Mike Horton
January 16, 2021
Sarah, Jay, and your entire Family;
We were so sad to hear about Jane. We will never forget the wonderful times and hospitality we had with her during our stay at Anna Maria Island back in 2019. She was so gracious and a caring genuine soul! May God Bless your Family and our sincere thoughts and prayers!
Joseph & Samantha Cherrito Family
January 10, 2021
I was so saddened to hear of Jane’s passing. I met her when she came to Tomahawk Ridge elementary where we became friends. I will miss her beautiful smile and kind heart. She was a gift to so many, and I was sad I couldn’t see her in her last months. My sympathies are with her family and friends.
January 10, 2021
We've known Jane and Joe since our days 50 years ago as neighbors on Stevenson. Enjoyed Indian Princes meetings together with our girls. One day we left a smoke signal ( a cookie) announcing our next meeting which Jay found and proceeded to eat. Jane had a wonderful pre-school for years at First United Methodist Church and she and Joe were very active in church life.
Jane and Joe were always a fun couple to be around. We miss them both.
Bud and Mary Lynn Gollier
January 10, 2021
We will miss Jane so much! She has been a special friend and Theta sister. Love, Bud and Mary Lynn Gollier
January 7, 2021
I got the pleasure of knowing Jane when she was a faculty member of my son, Kevin Hogan. At various times when we came to Kansas City to visit my son, we would often meet with Jane and Joe at an eatery of choice. Jane was so full of life and had an infectious personality. She made you feel like you were special to her. I will miss her laugh and getting to share moments of fun with her.
My deepest sympathy is extended to her family.
January 7, 2021
Jane was a wonderful, caring and loving individual who always put others ahead of herself. I was honored to volunteer under her guidance at the Church of the Resurrection KCMO and KCK school system Backpack Program which provided food for children on weekends and extended school holidays. She was a true mentor and one who led with both her heart and mind.
Rest In Peace my friend...
Steve & Diana Robertson
January 6, 2021
We were fortunate to get to know Jane as a next door neighbor for a little over a year. A beautiful lady who was sunshine to those around her. Her grandson was playing in the snow just before she passed and I said “Hi” and he responded “Hi, my Grandma’s OK, she’s just sleeping and getting ready to go to Heaven.” Heaven is brighter, warmer, and happier place with our sweet Jane. Prayers for all her family and friends.
January 6, 2021
Jane was one of the most giving, generous, and loving people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. I was proud to call her friend, and I will miss her humor and love of life.
January 5, 2021
Jane loved her family and many friends...she was a wonderful neighbor of mine❤️🙏❤️So very sorry, will miss her smile & ohh so positive attitude 🙏🙏😔Sharon McGregor