Elizabeth A. Norton

January 22, 1933January 15, 2017
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Elizabeth A. (Wesler) Norton, 83, of Orleans passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Sunday, January 15, 2017. Affectionately known as Bette, she is the beloved wife of the late Mark K. Norton. She is survived by her son, Mark and wife Gail of Cumberland, RI, grandchildren William and Erin, and several nieces and nephews. Bette was the loving sister-in-law of the late Michael and Patricia Norton, Joseph and Claire Norton, Thomas and Margaret Norton, and Paul and Patricia Norton. Aside from her family, Bette leaves behind a number of wonderful friends whose friendship and adoration for each other she truly cherished.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. Mrs. Norton was a Bookkeeper for the Burroughs Corporation for 20 years and met her husband of during a chance encounter between friends during a BC v. Miami football game in the autumn of 1965. They would remain together for the next 38 years. The Norton’s moved to Cape Cod in 1973 where they became Innkeepers and retired in 2002. Bette was known for her love of needlework, the Pennsylvania Dutch Country, and her trips to Ireland.

Bette truly enjoyed was spending time with her grandchildren who she cherished, visiting Rock Harbor or going out to Nauset Beach in the midst of a coastal storm.

A viewing will be held on Wednesday at 9:00AM at Nickerson Funeral Home, followed by an 11:00AM Mass at St. Joan of Arc church in Orleans. Burial with be on Wednesday at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Orleans Fire and Rescue Services, 77 Eldredge Parkway Orleans MA 02653.

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  • Visitation Wednesday, January 18, 2017
  • Funeral Mass Wednesday, January 18, 2017


  • Burial

Elizabeth A. Norton

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January 23, 2017

Bette was my upstairs neighbor and good friend . We spent many days going shopping and out to eat. We spent many days talking about our grandchildern she always lit up when she talked about them!
She will be dearly missed. I will miss her very much and my thoughts and prayers go out to her family, you are in my prayers.

Carol Hackett

January 20, 2017

I was saddened to hear of Bette's passing. I had the honor of serving her lunch on Mondays at the Orleans Senior Center. We talked about our grandkids and she was so proud of them. She had a wonderful smile and was warm and caring to everyone around her. I will miss her very much! Prayers to all her family!

January 17, 2017

I am so sorry for your loss.

It makes me smile even now to think of Betty and her great sense of humor!

Our deepest sympathy, love Angela and Jim

Pall her hard work. It was great working together with her

Jung Lee

January 17, 2017

My wife and I are saddened to hear of the loss of your mom. May God bless and comfort you and your family in this time of sorrow and sadness.

January 17, 2017

Mark, my sincerest sympathy to you and your family. I love your Mum and Dad and will cherish the memories from knowing them all the years we worked together. At long last they are together again. They were always a pleasure to be with. Love,
Helena Erickson

Kam Kay

January 17, 2017

Mark, I am saddened to hear of the loss of your mom. My wife and I want to extend our deepest sympathy to you and your family.

Russell Dutra

January 17, 2017

Mark, I remember your parents so fondly. Very nice folks. So sorry to hear of your Mother's passing. My sincerest condolences to you, Gail and the family.

January 17, 2017

Mark and family, we were so sorry to read of your Mother's passing. Thinking back to the good times when you kids were growing up...prayers and love to you all ❤ Skip & Margie Childs

January 16, 2017

We were so saddened to hear of the loss of your mom, Mark We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to you and your family . You are in our thoughts and prayers. Sue & Sonny Silvia

January 16, 2017

May God's loving kindness and comfort help you and your family through this very sad time Psalms 29;11