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Brucene Catherine (Cox) Norton
Wednesday, July 9, 2008 • Posted July 9, 2008

Brucene Catherine (Cox) Norton, age 76 after a lengthy illness died peacefully on July 4th in San Antonio. At her side were her loving son Joel Norton and adoring daughter in law Rebecca Jean Norton. She was preceded in death by her cherished parents Bruce and Ruby Cox, her cherished mother and father in law Ernest and Elizabeth Norton. Her beloved and devoted husband Barry Joel Norton and her dear brother in law James Love Cardwell. She is survived by her dear and cherished sister Marjorie Cardwell, Willeda Rea, Betha Cox and Zala Koym, her brothers in law Van Rea and Charles Koym, John Norton and his wife Doris, her friend and companion Tad Leifeste and her grand dogs Pounder and Flight. A well loved Aunt to many nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews.

Brucene was born November 28, 1931 in Mason, Texas. The daughter of a Methodist Minister she was always active in church activities living in many cities and towns throughout the state. She was a devoted and loving wife for almost 50 years until her husband Barry's passing, and most loving mother to her son Joel all of his life. She graduated from Brackenridge High School where she was a majorette and in three years came back to teach home economics at Brackenridge. With a masters degree in education Brucene spent many years as a school teacher for San Antonio School District, most were in the home economics department as Mark Twain. She also taught at Poe middle school before her retirement. Retiring and moving to Mason Texas she caught up with many dear friends and relatives and made many new dear friends. She was a long standing and active member of The First United Methodist Church of Mason, a member of the Red Hats, and active with the Mason Study Club. She enjoyed her ice cream socials at the dairy queen with her dear friends. The family, her son and daughter in law wish to express there heart felt thanks to the many well wishes for the overwhelming support with cards, thoughts and prayers over these many months, it was a great support to Brucene and her family. Her son and daughter in law also with to thank her wonderful sisters for all there love and support and to her special companion Tad who has touches our lives and hearts in a very special way. Thanks also go to Reverend Tim Fahrenthold for his prayers and fellowship and to the many doctors, nurses and aids that were involved over these many months.

Those we love don't go away.

They walk beside us everyday,

Unseen, unheard but always near,

Still loved, still missed and forever dear.

A celebration of the life of Brucene C. Norton will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Mason, located at 224 Broad Street one block north of the square on Wednesday July 9th at 2:00 p.m. with burial following at Gooch Cemetery. There will be a viewing at the Gentry Funeral Home (phone 325-347-5566) located at 1101 Austin Street (Llano Highway) on the edge of town from 6:00-8:00p.m. on Tuesday July 8th. Pallbearers are: Dale Norton, Gregory Norton, Paul Pringle, Larry Reed, Bruce Cardwell, James Andrew Nevitt, and Dr. Pat Daniel O'Neil. Honorary Pallbearers are: Dr. Van Rea, John Norton, Tad Leifeste, and Charles Koym. Memorials to the United Methodist Church of Mason, Texas 76856. Local Florist- Petal Patch 325-347-5333 Services entrusted to Gentry Funeral home of Mason, Tx.

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