Ruth Ann Norton, 87, of Petoskey, died Jan. 14, 2012, at home in Petoskey.
Ruth Ann, known by most as Ann, was born on Sept. 22, 1924, in Petoskey, the daughter of Leonard and Gladys (Johnson) Schomberg.
In 1940, Ann was the Petoskey Winter Sports Queen. She graduated from Petoskey High School, and in 1946 received her bachelor's degree in education from Michigan State College.
In 1947, she met the love of her live, Charles W. Norton II, of Detroit, and they were married a year later in Harbor Springs. Charles, who died in 1994, was part of three generations of hoteliers in Detroit and Windsor.
For 18 years, Ann assisted Charles in the management of the Thomas House on Walloon Lake. In addition, she was an elementary school substitute teacher for the Grosse Pointe and Petoskey Schools. She was a loving compassionate teacher. Later, she managed the Lilly Pulitzer Store in Petoskey, and continued to work at Cutler's for many years. As a member of Emmanuel Episcopal Church she taught Sunday school.
In her later years, Ann suffered from dementia, but was able to remain in her home for many years as her family was supported by her neighbors, church, employers Bill and Jutta Cutler, and the Friendship Center. With the care of Mary Denoyer, she lived at Independence Village for several years. Two years ago, Ann moved to an elder care home in Petoskey, where she was surrounded by a warm extended family of loving caregivers. Her family will be forever grateful to Ann's provider, Tern Bays, and her medical team (Terry Jackson DO, Tina M. Crook PA-C, Joel W. Paga DDS, and Michael R. Doctor DDS MS), all of whom exhibited compassion in providing her the least intrusive, best possible care.
Survivors include two sons, Charles W. (Patsy) Norton III of Grosse Pointe Park and John P. (Nancy) Norton of Petoskey. Grandchildren include Christina (David) Monson and Charles W. (Megan) Norton IV of Portland, Ore., and Jonathan and Carolyn Norton of Petoskey.
A celebration of Ann's life will take place at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 20, at Emmanuel Episcopal Church with the Rev. Gregory B. Brown officiating and assisted by pastor Sherry McGuffin of Cross of Christ Lutheran Church ELCA. The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 19, at the Stone Funeral Home in Petoskey. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the Petoskey Education Foundation, 1130 Howard St., Petoskey, Mich. 49770-3035; or the Little Traverse Bay Humane Society, 1300 West Conway Road, Harbor Springs, Mich. 49740-9582.