J. Faye Norton

J. Faye Norton


Jewell Faye Norton, 94, died on October 23, 2023 in Edmond, Oklahoma.  She was born May 15, 1929 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas to her parents John H. Willhite Sr and Elizabeth Willhite.

Faye grew up in Pine Bluff Arkansas and graduated from Pine Bluff High School in 1947.  There she stayed and worked after high school before getting married to Wendall Norton.  Shortly after that she welcomed two daughters Cheryl and Janet.  Faye worked at a few different locations there in Pine Bluff before moving to Oklahoma in 1970.  Here in Oklahoma, she worked as a loan and savings officer for a local bank before moving to Midland, TX in 1985 to work for Chevron Oil and Gas.  Where she eventually retired.  Jewell, finally settled back in Oklahoma years later and lived with her daughter, Cheryl and her husband Stan.

Faye enjoyed playing card games, and made sure everyone knew she was the queen of bridge.  In her later years, Faye would love to spend her days with her daughters and grandchildren.  Faye would always be up to speed with the latest news of the world while watching hours of CNN coverage, day and night.  Faye loved her family very much.  She loved them big and would always be there to help in whatever way needed.  She was known as Mimi to most around her.

Faye is preceded in death by her parents; her daughter Janet Burnett, son in law Joseph Ledbetter, Brothers Loren, John Jr, and Lee Willhite, sister Francis Parsick, nephews Kenny and Jimmy Willhite, niece Joan Fender and Cousin Sandy.  She is survived by her daughter Cheryl Fitzgerald (Stan), brother George Willhite.  Grandchildren; Chad Hayward (Nikki), Kari Ledbetter, Angela Burnett (Dustin), Halee Morefield (Kevin).  Great Grandchildren; Brittney Howard (Bryson), Kiley Ledbetter, Emilea Moore (Caleb), Nathan Ledbetter, Cayden Ledbetter, Brayden Ledbetter, Jaxton Hayward, Morgan Harvick, Tucker Harvick, Tanner Harvick, Hannah Baty, Addyson Morefield, Braelynn Morefield, and Camey Goomda Hayward.  Great Great Grandchildren; Emberlynn Ledbetter, Brynnleigh Moore, Radley Moore, Mayzee Howard and Lyla Goomda.

The family would like to thank Faye’s extended family and friends for their love and support during this difficult time.  Mimi Faye was the matriarch of the family, but we all know she is flying with her wings in heaven with her Lord and will be missed by so many!  Keep watching over us all Mimi.  We love You!

A rosary will be held at 4:00 p.m., Sunday, October 29, 2023 at Matthews Funeral Home. A mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, October 30, 2023 at St. Monica Catholic Church with interment to follow at St. Patrick’s Cemetery Edmond, OK.

3 thoughts on “J. Faye Norton”

  1. Thomas Di Filippo

    Praying for the soul of my dear cousin Faye. Eternal rest grant to her soul oh Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace.

  2. Dearest Faye, I am glad you are free of all the pain and struggle of this life and know now you are talking and laughing with my mother and Aunt Lizzie. I can hear A Lizzie saying, my beautiful Faye! Thank you for being a friend, talking to me for hours, listening to me complain and answering all my questions about the family. But mostly thank you for all the love. I love you. I will miss you, your voice, your laugh and your smile. I will keep you in my prayers until we meet again. I won’t say goodbye, but for now, so long.

  3. We’ll continue praying for you all, and for Faye’s soul. We’re happy she’s reunited with those she loved in heaven.
    With love,
    Andy, John and Josh

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