“You are a precious gift from God above,
So much beauty, grace and love.
You touched our heart
in so many ways,
Your smile so bright — even on the bad days.”
On March 8, 2012, beautiful Glenda Kay Norton (Saxton), formerly of Kodiak, passed away after a lengthy battle with ovarian cancer. She was surrounded by her precious family in her home on Guemes Island in Anacortes, Wash. Glenda was just 58 years old.
Glenda was born on May 17, 1953, to Curtis and Grace Saxton on the island of Kodiak. She moved to Seattle, Wash., in 1971 where she, with Ronald Singleton, gave birth to her two oldest daughters, Rhonda Grace and Anna Mae.
After attending cosmetology school, she moved to Anacortes in 1979, where she soon met the love of her life, Drew Norton. She later gave birth to their youngest daughter, Angela Jane.
Glenda loved beachcombing, eagles and anything involving nature. She had a love of writing, always recording her thoughts on paper. She was very artistic and liked to draw and show her creativity. She cherished her dog, Dickens, and sharing life with her best friend and husband, Drew.
She is survived by her beloved husband of 30 years, Drew Norton of Anacortes; brother Norman Saxton of Hawaii; daughters Rhonda Graham of Everett, Anna Groves of Auburn, and Angela Norton of Anacortes; and her special nephew, Dan De Ieso, who she raised as a son. She is also survived by her 10 beautiful grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister and brother.
The family wants to thank Glenda’s mother-in-law, Jean Norton, who spent countless hours taking care of her when she couldn’t take care of herself. We also want to thank the nurses and doctors at the Cancer Care Center, with special thanks to Dr. Sibel and John Prescott, and to the community of Guemes Island for their support.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 17, at 2:30 p.m. at Guemes Island Community Church. A reception will immediately follow. Arrangements can be sent to 7611 Guemes Island Road, Anacortes, WA 98221.