September 9, 2010

(6/26/1935- 9/1/2010)

Eulene Robinson Norton, daughter of Theodore (Ted) R. and Elma (Roberts) Robinson was born on the family farm east of Brock in northern Scotland County, Missouri, on June 26, 1935 and passed away at her home in Memphis on September 1, 2010 after a nearly year-long battle with cancer.

She attended grade school at Brock and high school at Scotland County R-1 in Memphis.

Her given name was Vera Eulene, but she always preferred to be called Eulene, and in later years she used her maiden name Robinson as her middle name. She was married to Donald C. Norton of the Greensburg community on January 26, 1952 and to this union six children were born.

She was a devoted wife, having written her husband each and every day while he was serving with the U.S. Army in Germany. She was also a loving and compassionate stay-at-home Mom while her children were small with milk and cookies or other treats each afternoon when they got off the bus from school. She adored her grandchildren and great grandchildren and loved to spend time with them whenever possible. She never complained if they came to stay a day, a week or a month.

Eulene enjoyed the outdoors and loved to work outside in her garden, yard or around the farm doing chores and helping to care for the livestock. She attended a lot of the fairs when her children were in 4H and FFA showing their livestock as well as ball games and other school functions. She especially loved horses and encouraged her children and grandchildren to learn to ride and participate in horse shows and trail rides. There was never anything around the farm that needed doing that she didn’t help with and she seldom complained.

As the children grew older, she worked off the farm as well, helping her husband when he served as a County official in the Scotland County Courthouse. She was later employed at the Scotland County Livestock Auction as Auction Ring Clerk where she worked for over forty years, seldom missing a day of work.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Ted and Elma Robinson; one sister, Ellen Towery; and one grandson, Ryan Norton.

Survivors include her husband of 58 years, Don Norton of Memphis; six children, Rex and wife Teresa Norton of Gorin, Danny and wife Becky Norton of Memphis, Cindy Robinson and friend Gerald Steen of Glenwood, Wendy McBee of Queen City, Wanda and husband Craig Homer of Queen City, and Randy and wife Thelma Norton of Memphis; twelve grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; a brother, Robert L. and Maxine Robinson and their six children of Gillette, WY; and a host of cousins, friends and neighbors.

She will be sadly missed by family and friends and all who were privileged to know and work with her.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, September 4, 2010, at 10 a.m. in the Gerth Funeral Chapel in Memphis, MO, with Brother Barry Poyner, pastor of the Kirksville Church of Christ, officiating. Special music was provided by vocalist, Danielle Bair, singing “Where the Roses Never Fade” and “When I Get to the End of the Way.” Serving as pallbearers were her grandsons. Interment was in the Bible Grove Church of Christ Cemetery in Bible Grove, MO

Memorials were suggested to the Hospice of Northeast Missouri or to the Bible Grove Church of Christ Cemetery and may be left at or mailed to Gerth Funeral Service, 115 S. Main, Memphis, MO.

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Arrangements were under the direction of the Gerth Funeral Service from their Memphis chapel.

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