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Zillah A. Norton, 89, Lee’s Summit, MO passed away October 10th, 2012 at Lee’s Summit Medical Center. Graveside service will be held 11am, Saturday, October 13th, 2012 (Private family service) at Lee’s Summit Historical Cemetery, Lee’s Summit, MO. Ms. Norton was born April 21st, 1923 in Chicago, Illinois.
Personal background: Zillah grew up in Chicago, Illinois with her two sisters, Florence and Eleanor, and her brother, Buzz. Upon graduating from Chicago High School in 1941, Zillah served in the war effort by working in an ammunition factory. She held secretary positions at the Chicago Rotary Club and the Chicago Tribune. In 1949, Zillah married and moved to California where she worked as a secretary for Claremont Men’s College. During the 1950’s, she mothered three children, Carl, Clifford, and Kathryn, while moving between California and Illinois. In the 1970’s Zillah worked as a nurses’ aide for Socorro General Hospital before managing the El Camino Motel, from which she retired after 20 years of service. After retirement, Zillah settled in at John Calvin Manor, Lee’s Summit, MO, where she lived for 15 years. In 2012, she moved to John Knox Village, also in Lee’s Summit.
She was preceded in death by: her parents, Clarence and Zillah Norton; her brother, Buzz Norton; and her sisters, Florence Grant and Eleanor Knidder.
Survivors include: her three children, Carl and Clifford Theobald, Kathryn Dubcak, and their spouses; her eight grandchildren, Jennifer, Julie, Melissa, Robert, Clinton, Katherine, Paul, and Karalyn; and her seven great-grandchildren, Logan, Nicholas, Cheyenne, Branden, Kevin, Beau, and Calvin.
Condolences can be sent to: 825 N.E. Independence Ct., Lee’s Summit, MO, 64063