Ardath Norton, 101, of Alba, Michigan passed away peacefully at home on November 6, 2021 with her family by her side.
Ardath was born in Alba on July 12, 1920 the daughter of DeWard and Maude Strickland. She graduated from Alba Highschool in 1938 and in 1941 married Dale Norton of Alba. After his time spent in the Army they settled in Alba where she became wife, mother, and homemaker, which was always the most important “job” to her. After raising her family, she worked at Courter’s in Boyne City where she retired. Upon retirement she and her husband enjoyed traveling whenever they could until his passing in 1992.
Ardath’s family was her life. Her enjoyment came from cooking her special dishes (meatballs were her specialty) for all family occasions. In her earlier years she would sew anything that needed mending and made any costumes that were needed by the grandchildren. She especially enjoyed the holiday meals where she could visit and see all the family together.
She was a ferocious reader, Chestonia Township Library’s best patron, reading 5 or 6 books weekly, which she continued until just a few weeks ago.
Ardath is survived by her three children Terry Norton of Starvation Lake, Patricia Gordon of Alba and Nancy (Dennis) Shepard of Alba, grandchildren Scott Shepard, Denise (Jake) Stevens, and Michelle (Ryan) LaCost, great-grandchildren: Christopher Shepard, Cameron Flood, Hannah LaCost, Kailee Stevens, Jordan (Joyce) Stevens, and Alissa (Jerry) Coan; and one great-great grandchild Jerry Coan Jr. as well as many nieces and nephews whom she was very fond of and close to.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Dale, granddaughter Stephanie Gordon, sister June (Strickland) Borst, and brothers Ernie, Keith, and Don Strickland.
Per Ardath’s wishes there will be no service. A private family graveside service will be held.
Memorial donations on Ardath’s behalf can be made to the Chestonia Township Library.
Arrangements are being handled by the Mancelona Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes. Sign her online guestbook www.mortensenfuneralhomes.com