June 26, 1928 - September 4, 2009

Pat Norton - 1946

Pat Norton Horne - recent

Pat, age 81, loving wife, mother and grandmother went to be with her heavenly father and devoted husband and dance partner, Bob Horne on September 4, 2009. She was born Carol Patricia Norton to Charles and Marie on June 26, 1928 in Denver, CO. She met her husband of 62 years on a dance floor in Denver when she was just 16.

Her family moved to Richland where she graduated from Columbia High School in 1946 before her marriage to Bob on August 10, 1946.

Pat was a devoted mother to eleven children before teaching sewing classes at Columbia Basin College. Pat and Bob's mutual love of dance led to over three decades of dance instruction in the Tri Cities and nearly 70 Northwest dance conventions. Pat's immense passion for dance went beyond the dance floor and included charity benefits, volunteering and developing an extended family of students and colleagues. She touched many lives and will be greatly missed.

Pat is survived by her brother Jim Norton ('55) from Little Rock, AR; eleven children, Pam, Joan, Patty, Kathy, Steve, Dave, John, Dan, Michelle, Mike and Shannon, thirty two grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral mass service was held at 1pm Friday, September 11th at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Pasco and was followed by a reception. A private burial for immediate family only will follow the reception.

The family greatly appreciates the loving care given by the Visiting Angels and the Hospice at the Chaplaincy.

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