Sharon Cutler Norton was born in Preston, Idaho on August 12, 1945, the youngest of Milton Cutler and Nita Checketts Cutler’s four children. Growing up her parents loved the mountains and camping. Willow Flat became a summer tradition, hiking to the head of the Cub River, having a lemon drop on the resting rock, and making tin foil dinners. She carried on this tradition with her own family and grandchildren. She was a majorette at Preston High School, then attended Utah State University. She married Paul Max Norton in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple in 1964 and worked as a secretary to help him through school.
They moved to Syracuse, New York where Paul earned a master’s degree in Public Administration while Sharon worked at a drug store. From there they moved to Madison, Wisconsin, where they raised their four children. Sharon loved serving in the Young Women organization at church. She and the other Young Women leaders would toilet paper the young women’s houses, and Girls Camp was the highlight of her year. She spent several years working as a nurse’s aid at Glenn Stephens Elementary School, where she cared for the children’s bumps and bruises, and they always left her office feeling a little extra love. She was also the Chief Operating Officer of the family’s Hawaiian Snow shaved ice stand, for which she would get up early every summer morning to mix the syrups, wash numerous bottles, order supplies, ready the cash tray, and set the work schedule.
In 1992, Paul and Sharon returned to Cache Valley where Paul took a position as Vice President of University Relations and Development at Utah State University, which gave Sharon the opportunity to participate in University events in Cache Valley and around the world. She found many ways to connect with the community, including volunteering at the Logan Regional Hospital Gift Shop, serving as a poll worker for many elections, and participating in a book club and a gospel study group for many years. Of special note was her walking group, where she maintained her fitness and dear friendships. From 2000-2003, Paul and Sharon served as mission leaders of the Illinois Chicago North Mission. Sharon was never happier than when she was serving in this capacity. When they returned to Logan, she reestablished many of her previous joys, and added temple worker to the list. She and Paul could be found in the Logan Temple every Saturday morning.
Sharon loved to laugh herself to tears. She loved a good bargain. She rose before the sun, and slept with the window open in the wintertime. She could often be found outside in the early morning hours tending to her flowers and raspberries. She loved music and singing. She was devoted to her family and friends. She loved hard work and never stopped. If there was a baby anywhere near, it would soon be in her arms.
Sharon was a nurturer who always had a place in her home and heart for her grandchildren. She cared for Paul devotedly in his waning years. She is survived and adored by her sister Kerren; her children Sidney (Traci), Allyson (Matthew), John (Jenny), and Dianna; 26 grandchildren; and 5 great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband Paul, her parents Milton and Nita, and her brothers DeVerl and Wayne.
A viewing will be held at NORTH LOGAN ALLEN MORTUARY at 420 East 1800 North on Friday, February 2nd from 5-7 PM. A second viewing will be held at the LUNDSTROM PARK LDS MEETINGHOUSE at 1260 North 1600 East in Logan on Saturday, February 3rd from 11 AM -12:30 PM, followed by funeral services at 1 PM. Sharon’s final resting place will be the Logan City Cemetery. We are grateful for all those who have extended their love and friendship over many years, as well as the caregivers at Maple Springs Assisted Living and Memory Care, whose compassion and tenderness touch our hearts. The funeral will be live-streamed at http://rebrand.ly/LP2-worship.
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