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Deborah A. Norton

November 21, 1952 — October 13, 2022

Obituary For Deborah A. Norton

Deborah A. Norton, 69, of Sedalia, MO, passed away Thursday, October 13, 2022, at University Hospital in Columbia, MO. She was born on November 21, 1952, in Sedalia, the daughter of Harry Herman Stout and Vivian Juanita (Shoe) Stout, who preceded her in death.

On October 10, 1970, in Sedalia, she was united in marriage to Kenneth Norton, who resides in the home.

Daughter, sister, wife, mother, and friend were all names she was proud of, but Miss Debbie and Grandma were the names she cherished the most. The generations of young people she helped raise and love through her daycare will be her lasting legacy.

LOVE would also be what she showed and taught her husband, two children, nine grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Her Love was unconditional, pure, and never-ending. Her love of tradition and family was held high. She continued the Stout Family Sunday dinners after her mother passed. There was no need to be a blood relative to come to Sunday dinner. If you needed a seat at the table, you became family. She loved spending time with friends. They were always high on her list. She might not even answer her cell for her kids during those times! Her love of traveling became a yearly family event that she was able to talk Kenny into. And when we say event, SHE was the event. We all have our Debbie at the beach stories. They both loved to watch their family grow together and spend as much time with that growing family. LOVE, no one has or will ever do it better.

In addition to her husband, Deborah is survived by two children, Wade Norton (Jennifer) of Sedalia and Angie Richardson (Daniel) of Hughesville; nine grandchildren, Adam, Wayne, Brett, Aric, Gage, Matthew, Maisie, Jozy, and Elliot; four great-grandchildren; two brothers, Gary Stout of Marshall, MO and Tony Stout (Julie) of Lee's Summit, MO; two sisters, Phyllis Grace (Charlie) of Raymore, MO and Donna Smith (Duane) of Galeton, PA; a brother-in-law, Jim Norton of Sedalia; many loved nieces and nephews; and her dog Lewis.

Along with her parents, Deborah was preceded in death by a brother, Harry Stout, Jr., and her mother-in-law, Lela "Honey" Marie Rodgers.

A funeral service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 18, 2022, at the First United Methodist Church Celebration Center with Pastor Candace Fowler officiating.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. until service time at the Celebration Center.

Honorary bearers will be Keith and Pam Kettner, Don and Elaine Sparks, Dennis and Debbie Orr, and Tom and Becky Munson.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sedalia School District Foundation or a charity of the donor's choice in care of Rea Funeral Chapel.

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