Mary Lynne Norton, 54, of Loveland, Colo., and a former Le Mars resident, died May 10, 2011, at Loveland after a lenghty battle with breast cancer.
Mary Lynne Norton was born Jan. 16, 1957, in Le Mars, the daughter of Norman and Helen Weber. She was the youngest of four children. She graduated from Le Mars Community High School and attended the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. Mary earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education with an emphasis in special education.
She married Herbert Norton of Le Mars on June 10, 1978, in Denver, Colo. The couple moved to Loveland shortly thereafter. To this union two children were born, Ryan in 1981 and Sarah in 1986.
Mary was very involved with their church, Fort Collins Bible Church, as well a as working at Curves for Women in Loveland.
Mary enjoyed many crafts like sewing, scrapbooking, and in recent years, baby cake and kitchen cake creating.
She also loved traveling on bus tours around the U.S. and on cruises. Mary and Herb went on six cruises, including to the Panama Canal, Hawaii and Alaska.
Mary loved driving through the mountains, and picnicking at Vietstenz-Smith Park and a place near Sprague Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park.
Mary was diagnosed with the first round of breast cancer in 1996, at age 40, and battled it three more times: 2004, 2007, and 2010-11. The fourth reccurance was metastatic, in more than 10 locations of her body.
Survivors include her husband, Herbert; her children, Ryan Norton and Sarah and Brian Goff, all of Fort Collins, Colo.; her sisters and brother, Alice and Larry Bloemendaal of Alton, Carol and Michael Smith of Ellicot City, Md., and Frank Weber of Le Mars; and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial Celebration of Life service was held May 20 at Fort Collins Bible Church.