Marcia F.'s Story
Marcia F. Norton passed away on Friday, May 13, 2016, at Bridges by Epoch at Mashpee. She was born on February 5, 1945, to Robert and Mary Jane (Sibley) Fredrikson of Salamanca, N.Y. She was the wife of the late Frederick H. “Ted” Norton, Jr., with whom she shared 14 years of marriage. She was the daughter-in-law of the late Professor Frederick H. Norton, Sr., and Ann Norton.
Marcia grew up as an only child with many close friends who became her extended family. After graduating from high school, she graduated from The Katherine Gibbs School in Boston. She began her career in human resources at Paine’s Furniture in Boston and soon moved on to work for the Boston Bar Association. She worked for several additional law firms until her retirement, after which she and her husband moved to Gloucester.
She was true “lady farmer” who was at home in the woods of Dogtown. Marcia was a fantastic hostess who loved parties, music (especially Elvis Presley), cooking, swimming in her pond and walking her dogs in the pasture. She also enjoyed being on the ocean; be it under sail or power.
Marcia became the steward of the Norton Tree Farm in Gloucester, which was planted by Professor Norton. She was quick to open her home for many worthwhile causes. Mrs. Norton was very active in the community. She was a past president of the Annisquam Village Hall Association and the Cape Ann Symphony. She also served as director on many local boards including the Annisquam Village Church. Additionally, she was an active supporter of the Cape Ann Historical Museum (Cape Ann Museum), The Good Neighbor Program, and the Annisquam Sewing Circle.
For many years, Marcia was a special caregiver for her family, Ann and Ted Norton, Sr., Peggy Norton and Dorothy Norton, her husband, Ted Jr., and her mother, Mary Jane Fredrikson.
For many years she enjoyed the companionship of Robert Lufkin. They shared many years of good company and travel.
Mrs. Norton was predeceased by her husband, Ted; step-daughter, Wendy (Norton) Johnson; and step-son, Frederick H. “Chip” Norton, III. She is survived by her step-daughter, Debra Norton.
Marcia was a dear friend of her extended families and their children. She is also survived by her good friends, Marsha and Hank Bornhofft, and their children, Jamie Bornhofft, Betsy (Bornhofft) Lamitina and Emily (Bornhofft) Merrill; and Sally and David Benjamin, and their children, Alyssa (Benjamin) Teixeira, Jonathan Benjamin, Jesse Benjamin; and by Robert Lufkin.
Marcia will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
A celebration of Marcia's exceptional life will be held on Friday, June 17, 2016, at 11 a.m. at the Annisquam Village Church, 820 Washington St., Gloucester.
Donations in memory of Marcia may be made to the Annisquam Village Church, 820 Washington St., Gloucester, MA 01930 or the Cape Ann Symphony, 32 Revere St., Gloucester, MA 01930.