NORWAY — Luella M. Norton, 90, a resident of Jay, formerly of Livermore, went to join her beloved husband, Mason, Wednesday, Jan. 3, at Stephens Memorial Hospital in Norway, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born Feb. 21, 1927, in York Village, the daughter of Howard O. Taylor and Doris M. (Grant) Taylor. She attended Bryant Pond School in Woodstock, leaving before graduation to go to work to help her family.

Luella worked as an assembler at Norwalk Shoe in North Jay for 30 years and also at Shapiro Brothers Shoe Co. in Auburn. Luella was also known by the nickname Blondie. On July 17, 1969, she married Mason Norton, and they made their home on Norton Road in Livermore.

Luella loved the farm life and touring the Maine fairs with Mason doing the oxen pulls. Mason passed away Sept. 14, 2015, after 46 years of marriage.

She was an avid beano player and also enjoyed “junk-in” (finding/selling antiques and collectibles) at the flea market on Cottage Street in Norway. She had a green thumb for exotic plants and adored her two cats, Babe and Tommy.

She is survived by her daughter, Juanita Jordan, of Livermore; her son, Carroll Gillespie, and his wife, Christina, of Brownfield; two grandsons, Brad Jordan of Livermore and Mark Gillespie and his wife, Cindy, of Norridgewock; three great-grandchildren, Deliliah Jordan, Collin Gillespie and Roseanna Binette; two great-great-grandchildren, Carter Binette and Lila Gillespie; nephew, Don Carter, and his wife, Wanda, of Surry, and their family; as well as legions of other relatives and beloved friends.

She was predeceased by her parents; her husband, Mason; sister, Bernice (Taylor) Carter; and daughter, Daisy May.

The family would also like to extend a special heartfelt thanks to Dr. David J. Kumaki of Western Maine Primary Care for his many years of outstanding and compassionate health care service, the loving and devoted staff at Stephens Memorial Hospital in Norway, Elder Independence Maine, SeniorsPlus, Meals on Wheels, Home Care for Maine, Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice, Madison Avenue Associates, and all the amazing friends who helped with her wish to live independently at home.

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