January 14, 1942 - January 3, 2021
Burial Date: January 8, 2021
Funeral Home Russon Mortuary Farmington
Today in Heaven, an angel laced up her sneakers and went on a run. Our best friend, Mom, and Grandmother “MeBe” returned to the loving arms of her Heavenly Father and loved ones peacefully on January 03, 2021. Norene Wilson Barton was born in Logan, Utah on January 14, 1942, to Cleo Thornton and James Grant Davis Wilson. She spent her formative years with her Grandmother Sarah, whom she loved dearly, in Cache Valley, Utah. In 1960, she graduated from Bountiful High School and married her sweetheart, J Golden Barton on Valentines Day, 1961. They were sealed for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake City Temple, spending 54 years together as companions in marriage, parenthood, and ministry until his passing in 2015.
We celebrate her life through the memory of her positivity, strength, and genuine compassion for those around her. Her legacy is a celebration of light, resilience, Christlike service and the love she gave and received over the full and vibrant years she graced the earth.
She held many titles and carried each of them with vigilance – a fiercely loyal mother, a wife, a grandmother, a provider, a friend, a missionary in Swaziland, South Africa, and a woman of great faith.
Rain or shine, she remained optimistic and believed that each day was a new adventure up until her final moments. She ran daily throughout her life, completing several marathons, including the Deseret News Marathon, Ogden Valley Marathon, St. George Marathon, and qualified for the Boston Marathon. Even in her last weeks, she was determined to continue her love of running each day.
She loved making homemade candy, sewing, country music, fashion, serving the Lord, and spending time with her family – her greatest joy.
She is preceded in death by her husband J Golden Barton and her oldest daughter Teresa Norene Barton Wendel.
She is survived by 5 of her 6 children: Jason Golden (Kathryn) Barton, Nannette Sarah (Robert) Simmons, Jay Golden Barton, Candice Florence (Jeffery) Reynolds, Jared Golden (Jenny) Barton, and 25 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and one on the way.
A viewing will be held Thursday, January 7th, 2021 from 6-8 p.m. at Russon Brothers Mortuary in Farmington, UT. Funeral services will take place at the Fairways Ward Chapel located at 980 North Shepard Church Drive, Farmington, UT at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, January 8th, 2021. A viewing will be held from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. prior to the funeral.
Friends and family are welcome to attend the funeral service in person or virtually via Zoom at https://zoom.us/j/99314327206 or join by telephone at (312) 626-6799 using Webinar ID: 993 1432 7206.