Bernice Norton

Bernice Norton

Bernice Dorothy Norton of Martin, passed away Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in Plainwell. Her unwavering faith in the God who paid for her sins has now enabled her to be received into His presence, where she will spend eternity!

Bernice Dorothy Samuelson was born on November 5, 1917 to Anton and Amanda (Engdehl) Samuelson. Her 96 years were filled with service to others and in later years her home became a place of hospitality for traveling family members and missionaries.

On December 23, 1939, she married Raymond Norton, who preceded her in death in 1981. They had seven children: Phillip Norton of Plainwell, John (Marsha) Norton of Portage, Dan (Shirley) Norton of FL, Mary Murray of Grant, Martha (Tom) Thornton of Martin, Tim (Karen) Norton of Kalamazoo and Joe (Peggy) Norton of Dorr; and then 16 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren with three due soon.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; siblings, George and Ruth; and a son-in-law, Joe Murray.

Friends may visit with Bernice’s family from 6 to 8 P.M. Friday, April 25, 2014, at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego. A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, April 26, 2014 at Watson Bible Church, Pastor Tim Farley officiating. Burial will follow at Hicks Cemetery.

Contributions in memory of Bernice may be made to Watson Bible Church.

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  1. Marchien says:

    I was thinking about your Mom the other day. I so enjoyed her riding with me to those Wednesday night Bible studies and having her in our group.
    Bernice was a lovely lady and such a good example of faithfulness to our Lord Jesus Christ.

    How blessed you were to have had her with you for so many years.

  2. Carol (Dalrymple) Fisher says:

    I am sorry for your loss. Mrs. Norton was a very kind and loving person. I will always remember my younger days visiting her, and playing. She will be missed. I know that she will be reunited with her loving husband in Heaven.. God bless the family.

  3. Lori Greenman says:

    So sorry for your loss. Praying for you all at this difficult time.

  4. Judy Harrison says:

    I remember Bernice lovingly from the times we spent sitting together before the service and laughing and talking with each other. She was a very precious woman who loved the Lord. Rest in peace Bernice.

  5. Tonya says:

    Hugs & prayers for you and your family. We have such fond memories of your mom. Thankful to know we will see her again in glory. Love, The Griffis Family

  6. Helen McCullough says:

    I remember being her ears because I could hear and she would tell me what was written because she could see. We made a good team. You will be greatly missed at the Watson bible church.

  7. Dave n Carol Olsen says:

    Dave and I were so sorry to hear tonight of Bernice’s passing. Our prayers will continue with her entire family. It is a loss to all for certain, but better for her to be with the Lord in heaven. We have a conflict tomorrow, but our thoughts and prayers will be with you. We hope to visit this summer. Carol & Dave Olsen

  8. John and Ann Girton says:

    sorry for your lose Phil and family,you are in our thoughts and prayers. John and Ann Girton

  9. Tammy (Olsen) McCarthy says:

    I am very sorry to hear about your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Dave and Tammy McCarthy

  10. Linda Miller says:

    Dear Family of my Aunt Berniece,
    Some of my earliest memories are of fun times at your house or ours. When all the babies had been born, there were 13 of us together and we made lots of noise. Yet Aunt Berniece never seemed “up tight”. I pray that God will comfort each of you as your adjust to the new reality. What a blessing to know that she is with the Lord she loved.

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