[News] Country nurse, gardener and mad-keen lawn bowler

They were married on Remembrance Day 1950. They set up home on the family farm “Menzies” on Echuca Road where the high school stands today. Their own family soon followed with Meredith, Pamela and Jeffrey. She loved to cook for one and all with chocolate and lemon puddings being family favourites and sponge cakes presented when friends visited.

Later, the farms were sold to enable the children to be educated in Melbourne for she saw this as a necessity after the local high school floated a four-day school week and limited subjects. The family home moved to Shepparton where, “free” of children, she developed an interest in gardening. She spent hours working away and enjoying the results as well as helping neighbours and friends with tips and cuttings for their own gardens. She loved the colours of autumn.

Betty Norton (centre) with two of her sisters.

She discovered lawn bowling and won club championships at Mooroopna, Shepparton, Tatura and Ivanhoe, often teaming with Mervyn or Meredith and her grandson Robert. She was always looking to encourage new bowlers and mentored many. Practising with Mervyn gave her great pleasure.

Unfortunately, over her last 15 years she developed dementia and was lost emotionally to the family. She passed away peacefully at Doncaster at the age of 95. She was predeceased by Mervyn who can also be considered as a victim of dementia in that he was broken-hearted when his wife and love couldn’t recognise him any longer.

She was survived by her grandchildren Robert, Kate, Melinda and Sarah and great grand-children Selwyn, Harrison, Alby and Ledger.

Compiled by Betty Norton’s son Jeff.

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