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(December 4, 1935 – April 24, 2010)

Yvonne ?Ç£Von?Ç¥ Marcile Norton?Ç£She flew up to Heaven on the wings of Angels, by the clouds and stars and passed where no one sees, and she walks with Jesus and her loved ones waiting and we know she?ÇÖs Smiling saying, Don?ÇÖt worry ?Çÿbout me.?Ç¥On April 24, 2010, Yvonne ?Ç£Von?Ç¥ Marcile Norton flew up to Heaven on the wings of Angels surrounded by her loving family. Her final days were at Jenn?ÇÖs home, each moment was a blessing. Yvonne was born December 4, 1935 in Midland to Orville and Norma (Howard) Sweebe. Yvonne attended Midland schools, graduating from Midland High. She married Arland E. Norton on September 5, 1953. He predeceased her on February 1, 2009. Together they raised three children, Craig, Jennifer and Todd. Yvonne was facing a lung biopsy on her birthday, December 2007 to find out two days later it was indeed lung cancer. She fought hard and remained very positive throughout the whole process of cancer treatment. Along this path, Dr. Danso and Dr. Mehta and their entire staff touched our lives in a personal way. Mom?ÇÖs courage and determination were inspirational to all.Yvonne was involved for many years with Bowling. She spent 25 years on the board of the Midland Bowling Association, holding the Title of President for 12 of those years. She served on the board of the Midland Bowling Hall of Fame, was inducted into Midland Bowling Hall of Fame in 1991. She rolled her highest game of 299 at a Senior Tournament, May 10, 1991. She participated in many leagues throughout her years of bowling.Yvonne worked as a Domestic Engineer for many fine families in Midland, as well as, The Bowling Association office and her church, First Baptist Midland. She took great pride in her work!She was very involved in her church, First Baptist Church. She taught Sunday school for four & 5 year olds and served in the crib room, rocking many babies for many years. When their children were younger she and her husband, Arland, served as Youth group leaders at FBC and she was a member of Circle 5. She spent time as a coach for Westown Girls Softball and was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. Her most precious role was that of ?Ç£Grandma?Ç¥, ?Ç£Gma?Ç¥, ?Ç£MaMaw?Ç¥, to her grandchildren, their many friends, and the little ones at Little Blessings Daycare, who thought of her the same way. She so enjoyed being a part of their lives. She attended many sporting events, graduations, and banquets over the years. She was proud of all of them and their accomplishments. They will forever cherish their precious memories with her.Yvonne leaves behind her loving daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer (Dave) Hitchcock and grandchildren; Shawna Kobel, Chase Kobel of Howell (Heather Johnson), Kendall Kobel and her grand puppies, Deacon and Oakley; her son, Craig (Kelly) Norton, her grandsons Tyler and Parker Norton; her son, Todd (Tammy) Norton, her granddaughters Meghan and Kailee Norton. She will be remembered by her brothers, Ned (Donna) Sweebe of Hope; Ted Sweebe of Midland; Sister, Mary (Bruce) Tigner of Coleman; her special nieces Raelyn Sweebe of Washington; Amanda (Greg) Stryker and their daughter Kayla; Dave?ÇÖs children. Several nieces, nephews and cousins from the Norton, Howard and Sweebe families. Long time dear friends, Nancy(Bob) Chreck; and dear friends, Jerry & Carol Leigeb, along with their children Cori & Craig, will miss Yvonne. Yvonne leaves behind many fine friends through her bowling family, Linda ?Ç£Lindie?Ç¥ Cole, Elaine ?Ç£Tootie?Ç¥ Wetherell, Mary Ellen ?Ç£Bennie?Ç¥ Smith and many more. Dear friends, Sharon Cribb; Ms. Roseta, and Jake & Judy Stoneburner. She will join her parents, Orville and Norma, sister JoAnne and husband Arland at the gates of Heaven.Jenn and Dave would like to express their gratitude to Marilyn Mom?ÇÖs nurse, Janice, Deb, Sara, Cheryl, and Michael and Wayne of Heartland Hospice. Each one of you was a blessing to Mom. You made our job easier as caregivers. To Pastors John Dick and David Brown of First Baptist Church, your visits were some of her favorite times. We truly have been blessed and overwhelmed with the love and support we received from so many of you, as well as our church family, friends, and our loving children, her grandchildren Shawna, Chase and Kendall who supported us in this time. A special thanks to Todd and his family, for walking beside us in the end. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider First Baptist Church or Pardee Cancer Treatment Fund.A Funeral Service will be held at the First Baptist Church on Wed. April 28, at 11:00 am with Pastor John Dick officiating. The family will receive friends at Smith-Miner Funeral Home, 2700 W. Wackerly, on Tue. April 27 from 4 to 7 pm and at the church on Wed. from 10:00 am until the time of the service.