Mrs. Pauline Priddy Norton, 91, of Lee County, Miss., and resident of McMinnville, was born Feb. 23, 1923 and died Sept. 24 at NHC after a lengthy illness.
She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Charles G, Norton, sisters Elaine West of Verona, Miss., and Martha Sanders of Hernando, Miss., her daughter, Pat (Wes) Bryan of McMinnville, and son, C. Michael (Susan) Norton of Nashville, her grandchildren: Joe (Amanda) Collier of McMinnville, Sarah (Brad) Harris of Cookeville, William (Becky) Collier of Rock Island, Ben (Jeannie) Norton of Cary, N.C., and Will Norton of Gallatin, step-grandchildren Shanelle (Kyle) Gray of Manchester, Leslie (Emil) Congdon and Claire Wallace of Nashville. She is also survived by 13 great-grandchildren Grady, Lyla, Sam, Clara, Mary, Max, Elliott, Bryleigh, Bridger, Porter, Virginia, Boone, Wallace, and a host of other family members and friends.
Mrs. Norton was the oldest of nine children. In her high school years, she was an avid basketball player and her Mooreville, Miss., high school team won the Mississippi State Championship in 1939 and 1940.
Ms. Pauline is known for her baking, cooking and sewing. Her Parker House rolls are known area-wide as the best. In the last several years at the UMC Laity fund-raising auction her rolls have been known to bring more than $40 a dozen. Her needle work is known from children’s dresses to wedding dresses.
She was a substitute teacher at McMinnville City High School for a number of years and then worked and managed the Cloth House in McMinnville for over 25 years.
Mrs. Norton was a 60-year member of the First United Methodist Church of McMinnville, serving in many capacities.
She served on the National Executive Committee for the Tennessee American Legion Auxiliary, as State Auxiliary President and President of the Local Unit 173 Auxiliary for a number of years. She has a record of almost 50 years of continual voluntary service at the Veterans Hopital in Murfreesboro.
Visitation will be Friday from 1 to 8 p.m. at McMinnville Funeral Home and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, followed by the funeral service at 2 p.m. Senior pastor James Johnson will officiate. Interment will follow at Gardens of Memory on Morrison Highway.
Memorial donations may be made to First United Methodist Church general fund, Warren County Food Bank, or a charity of your chose. Condolences may be sent to Charles Norton, 413 Clark Blvd, McMinnville, TN 37110.
(McMinnville, Tenn.) Sept. 26, 2014