Barbara Norton, age 74, passed away on Sept. 28, 2021, due to complications from COVID. She was born Aug. 30, 1947, in El Paso County, Texas, to David Clone and Marie Hale.
Barbara called many places home throughout her life, such as Jordan Valley, Ore, Forks, Wash, Kamiah, Idaho, Homedale, Idaho, Boise, Idaho and Donnelly, Idaho. Donnelly was her most recent home of the last five years. She certainly seemed the happiest in her life the last five years living in and being an active part of the Donnelly community with her husband Chris, hosting family and friends at their farm and helping all those that she could.
Barbara was very active in the local Valley County community serving as the vice chair of the Valley County Republican Central Committee, as a member of the Valley County Republican Women’s Committee, and as the Roseberry Precinct Committee person. Barbara also volunteered at the Idaho Sled Dog Challenge race every year and she and Chris were a host family for the racers.
In 2007 Barbara earned her master’s degree in social work at Walla Walla College, then became a licensed master social worker helping those in need and improving the lives of those who lived in her community. She owned and operated The Change Clinic in Donnelly where she took great care and pride in helping others through tough times and situations. When others her age were in retirement, Barbara continued to pursue advanced educational degrees and certifications, open health clinics and stay committed to helping others.
Barbara was extremely committed to her religious beliefs and active in the local Christian community. Her calling was to do the work of God and help as many people as she possibly could. Barbara would do anything she possibly could for a friend or stranger in need and worked tirelessly to help in any way possible. She was an ordained minister and was always there to help spread the words of her faith and to be a ”fisher of men” as she used to love to say.
Barbara could best be described as “the funnest grandma that ever lived.” She possessed an absolute love and passion for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She reveled in having friends and family visit and stay on her farm in Donnelly where she lived with her husband, Chris. Barbara would put the grandkids to work chasing chickens and collecting their eggs, rounding up and catching the barn cats, grooming the horses, wrangling the runaway dogs, Bucky and Ranger, and any other task she could find to keep them busy. There were a million things to do on Grandma Barbara and Grandpa Chris’ farm and Barbara would make sure her grandkids got to explore all that farm life had to offer and ensure the kids had unforgettable adventures. She possessed a rare energy to always be on the go with the kids and make sure they were having fun and most importantly, that they were shown what unconditional love is.
Barbara is survived by her husband, Chris Norton; six children: Susan, James, Joseph, Korena, Kylena and Joshua; 13 grandchildren: Kristin, Justin, Timothy, Hannah, Jordan, Katlyn, Irene, Michael, Gabe, Lukas, Evan, Brook and Lane; four great-grandchildren: Mina, Kodi, Mackenzie, and Dannielle; and three siblings: David, Irma and Rita.
A graveside service will be held at the Homedale/Marsing Cemetery at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday Oct. 20th. A celebration of life for Barbara will also be held Saturday, Oct. 23rd at 1:00 p.m. at the Donnelly Bible Church in Donnelly.