Graveside services for Mrs. Martha Jean Burgess Norton , age 89, of Plain Dealing, LA, will be held at 1:00 pm, Friday, July 16, 2021, at the Forest Park East Cemetery, Shreveport, LA, with Quentin Washispack officiating. Interment will follow under the direction of Bailey Funeral Home, Plain Dealing, LA.
Mrs. Norton was born on November 1, 1931 to Neil Otto Burgess and Lillian Faye Ridling Burgess in Shreveport, LA and passed away on Tuesday, July 13, 2021 in Shreveport, LA. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She spent 20 plus years as a social worker for the State of Louisiana and taught school for nine years. She was an active member of United Methodist Church in Plain Dealing and taught Sunday school for many years. She was actively involved in UMW. She enjoyed expressing her artistic side through drawing, painting, and writing poetry. She also enjoyed reading. She loved her family and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She is survived by her three sons, Stephen Norton and wife Frankie of Shreveport, LA, Scott Norton of Argyle, TX, Stuart Norton and wife Lea Ann of Bryant, AR; daughter, Karen Cook and husband Bubba of Plain Dealing, LA; six granddaughters, Audrey Schexnailder and husband Michael of Houston, TX, Kelsey Durrett and husband Tommy of Haughton, LA, Hannah Petersen and husband Caleb of Nashville, TN, Kaleigh Murad and husband Tyler of Benton, LA, Kassidy Cook of Magnolia, AR, Marian Norton of Bryant, AR, and one grandson, Seth Norton of Bryant, AR; five great-grandchildren, Neil Schexnailder of Houston, TX, Jax Durrett of Haughton, LA, Tripp Jackson of Magnolia, AR, Meredith Schexnailder of Houston, TX, Jentry Durrett of Haughton, LA.
Mrs. Norton was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Harlan Norton; and brother, Neil Otto Burgess, Jr.
Pallbearers will be Bubba Cook, Michael Schexnailder, Tommy Durrett, Tyler Murad, David Norton, and Seth Norton. Honorary pallbearer will be Tim Burgess.