M. Jean Van Norton, retired cosmetics executive for Kinney Drugs and beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great-great grandmother passed away gracefully in Gouverneur on Saturday morning October 19.
She was 86. She joins her husband who cherished her deeply, Howard Van Norton. Howard passed before her on August 14, 2012.
Marion "Jean" Anderson was born on April 13, 1927 in Gouverneur, NY. She was the daughter of Edward F. "Ned" Anderson and Lillian I. Spotten.
Jean married William D. Reynolds on November 22, 1944 and graduated from Gouverneur High School in 1945. Together Jean and William had four children. That marriage ended in divorce in 1972. She married Howard F. Van Norton on December 7, 1989.
Jean will be forever missed by her four children, Roxanne K. Reynolds of Austin, Texas, Gary E. Reynolds and his wife Alice, Richville, Brad W. Reynolds and his wife Sheila, Antwerp, Amy J. Reynolds and Archie White, Richville and three step children, Judy Davis and her husband Dick, North Port, Florida, Kay Van Norton Poche and her husband Greg, Sydney, Australia, and Thomas Van Norton and his wife Sheila, Eagle Mountain, Utah.
Jean also leaves behind 10 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, five step grandchildren and three step great grandchildren.
A step grandchild, Douglas Stump, her brother, Leslie E. Anderson, sister, Eleanor Brown and brother, Robert E. Anderson, also predeceased her.
Starting in 1969, Jean worked for Kinney Drugs in Gouverneur for nine years. She then became the Kinney Drugs cosmetics coordinator for all stores and worked throughout New York and Vermont until her retirement in 1990.
In retirement Jean traveled the world, was an avid golfer and bowler, prolific painter and crafter, creative writer and tireless gardener. As a painter she formed the "Crafty Pear" in retirement with her husband Howard as woodworker. She was also a member of the E.J. Noble Hospital Auxilary.
Of all her interests most important to Jean was family, so at her request a celebration of life will take place at a later date when her family and friends will be able to reconnect and commemorate her life.
Memorial donations may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Autism Speaks.
Sunday, May 29, 2016, Watertown, NY
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