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     Mary “Marcella” (Holt) Norton, age 94, of Lamar, passed away on Sunday, February 5, 2017, at Truman Healthcare.

     Marcella was born on October 8, 1922 in rural Lamar, one of seven children, to Dennis and Flora (Faurot) Holt. She graduated from Lamar High School with the Class of 1940. After graduation, she worked in Kansas City at the Ammunition Plant for a short time. While in Kansas City, she wed her husband of more than 69 years, Wallace Norton, on November 7, 1942. They made their home and farmed in Barton County, where they would have one son, Wally. She would later attend Joplin College where she would obtain a degree in Accounting. She worked at MFA Lamar as an office manager before moving on to work at Novak, CPA for several years until she retired. She was always an active member of the community and of the Lamar United Methodist Church, until her health declined. Her greatest joy in life was time spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

     Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Wally and Judy Norton, Lamar; three granddaughters, Michelle Roehrs, Lamar; Stephanie Roehrs and husband Ron, Lamar; and Lelia “Tumble” Forst, Lamar; four great-grandchildren, Karlee (Anthony) Garrett, Kyle Roehrs, Ronnah (Travis ) Reed, and Haddi Roehrs; a sister, Marge Fry; and numerous nieces and nephews. Marcella was preceded in death by her husband, Wallace; her parents; three sisters, Jessie, Anna, and Hazel; and two brothers, Warren and Dale.

     Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, February 10th at Daniel Funeral Home where the family will receive friends from 6:00pm-8:00pm on Thursday, February 9th. Burial will be in Iantha Cemetery.

     Memorial contributions are suggested to Lamar United Methodist Church, Hospice Compassus-Lamar, or a Charity of the Donor’s Choice in care of the funeral home.

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Dorothy Parks  - Lamar, MO   |2017-02-06 19:21:02
I don't know how long I've known Marcella, but I know I've always liked her so
much. For a short time she was my mom's roommate at Silver Oak [as it was at
that time], and then we got re-
acquainted at Truman Rehab & Healthcare. She was
one of the regular bingo players and always enjoyed playing so much. We're
already missing her at bingo.
Donna Goodloe  - Lamar, Mo.   |2017-02-06 19:21:43
Wally & Judy...so sorry to hear this. My prayers & sympathies to all her
family.
REGINA BARD  - GRANBY, MO   |2017-02-06 23:12:38
WALLY,JUDY, MICHELLE AND STEPH...SO SORRY TO HEAR THE NEWS. JUST MARGE LEFT NOW
AND THE REST OF THE FAMILY WAITING ON HER. THEY ALL LIVED THE GOOD LONG
LIFE....AND WILL BE MISSED. PRAYERS FOR YOUR COMFORT, THINKING OF YOU ALL.
Barb Thrasher   |2017-02-07 08:54:27
Wally and Judy, We send our condolences to you and your family at the loss of
your mother. Along with so many others, we are keeping you in our prayers.
Jane and Dan Payton  - Albuquerque, NM   |2017-02-07 11:32:28
Jane and I want to express our sympathy on your loss, Wally and Judy. Marcella
was a very dear person whenI was growing up in Lamar. She will be surely missed
by many of her friends and relatives.
Dorothy Snyder  - Lamar, MO   |2017-02-07 12:57:55
Marcella and Wallace were very dear friends of my husband and me. We always sat
beside them in church while they were able to come. I got more acquainted with
Marcella in our Prayer Shawl Ministry. She loved to crochet and made many
beautiful shawls while she was able. We had some good visits before and after
she was unable to be in her home. I will miss her greatly. The family has my
deepest sympathy.
June (Mitts) Gray   |2017-02-07 21:49:49
Wally & Judy
Sorry for your loss, but know she is in a much better place.
Alan Washburn  - Lamar, MO   |2017-02-08 11:01:38
I have always had great respect For Wallace and Marcella as well as the entire
family. In the late 60's I was in the 4-H Junior leader group. Wallace and
Marcella were dedicated advisors for the group. They were really knowledgeable
and helpful. We became good friends and I always enjoyed talking to them.
coPCuThe family has my deepest sympathy.
Sheila (Fast) McReynolds   |2017-02-08 17:30:33
To the whole family. So sorry for your loss.
Jeff & Margaret Phipps   |2017-02-10 09:12:38
We are so sorry for your loss! Though you miss her so, heaven is a much better
place.
Sheila (Fast) McReynolds   |2017-02-11 11:52:30
Sorry to hear of your loss.
Susan Lisle Hobbs  - Papillion, NE   |2017-02-12 15:31:56
I was so sorry to hear of your loss. Your mother is one of the people I
remember most from my life in Lamar. I know how hard it is to lose a parent but
I would know that she is in a better place.
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