Willa Norton passed away peacefully on August 9, 2023 at the Markham Stouffville Hospital at the age of 93.
Willa was born in Oshawa and met her future husband W. Everson Norton through her membership in the Ontario Junior Farmers. They were married in 1951, farmed in Pickering, and then moved to Markham in 1957 where Everson worked for Massey-Ferguson. Willa was a homemaker who enjoyed reading and needlework, travelling, and cultivating her beautiful garden. Family will treasure Willa’s diaries, a testament to years of daily reflections of her home life, family and friends.
Willa is survived by her sons Craig (Michele) of Prince George, B.C., and Rod (Tina) of Markham. Loved grandmother of Emma (Nick Smart) and Philippa (Graham Knight) of England and Tara (Jamie Dickson) and Andrew of Ontario. And great-grandmother of Sophie Smart of England.
Willa is also survived by her sisters Beryl (late Larry Waghorn) of London, Ontario and Eleanor (late Marvin Hannah) of Oshawa. Willa will be missed by her nieces, nephews and her many relatives and friends.
Willa was predeceased by her husband W. Everson Norton (2013), her parents William and Augusta Mountjoy, her sister Marion (Joseph Starkoski) and brothers and sisters-in-law David Norton (Carole) and George Norton (Joan).
Special thanks to the caring staff of Woodhaven Care Residence and Markham Stouffville Hospital.
Upon Willa’s request, there will be no funeral service. A private family interment to take place at a later date at Elmwood Cemetery in Markham. For those who wish, memorial donations can be made to The Markham Stouffville Hospital Foundation.