Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Mary Kratt's Mom Passes

 Our deepest sympathy to Mary Ran Norton Kratt on the passing of her mother.

Martha Hood Norton 

Mrs. Norton, 100, a resident of Plantation Estates in Matthews, died in her sleep January 30, 2010. Born in Prosperity, TN on July 31, 1909, she was a unique and spritely soul, the youngest of eight children and the only girl. She grew up in North Carolina's Mecklenburg and Gaston counties where her father, Rev. James Boyce Hood, held his final pastorates in Associated Reformed Presbyterian churches at Back Creek and then at Pisgah near Crowder's Mountain.

Her mother was Eva Lee Hickman Hood, a native of Rockbridge County VA. A graduate of UNC-Greensboro, Martha taught English and Latin in high schools in Mt. Ulla, Mooresville, and Mt. Holly, NC and in Beckley, WVA.

At Duke University graduate school in 1932, she met fellow student Randolph Norton of Deltaville, VA, whom she wed in 1934. They were married 66 years.
Martha was an exceptional teacher, lively storyteller, Girl Scout leader, fisherman, swimmer, homemaker, rock collector, longtime member of Sardis Presbyterian Church and the American Association of University Women, and a much loved parent and grandmother. She was a descendant of early Mecklenburg settler Tunis Hood, who arrived in Mecklenburg County in 1775 with his wife Elizabeth and farmed in the Mint Hill area near Hood's Crossroads.

Martha was predeceased by her son, James Randolph Norton and her husband William Randolph Norton, and survived by daughter, Mary Norton Kratt and husband Emil F. (Jim) Kratt; grandchildren, Emil William (Bill) Kratt and wife Cathy of Raleigh, NC, Laura Kratt of Troy, NY, Hunter Kratt Skinder and husband Mark of Greenfield, MA; and great-grandchildren, Eli Jacob Kratt, Ethan Randolph Kratt, and Eva Cedar Skinder.

A proud, generous, and high-spirited woman with many gifts, Martha's delightful letters, meandering tales, witty sayings, and admonitions to her family and kin will long be remembered. At the age of 97, although blind and confined to a wheelchair, she demonstrated to her spellbound great-grandsons how to swim the sidestroke.

A graveside memorial service will be held at Sardis Presbyterian Church at 10 a.m. on Monday, February 15.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to Crisis Assistance Ministry, 500A Spratt St, Charlotte NC 28206 or to the North Caroliniana Society, Wilson Library, UNC Campus Box 3930, Chapel Hill, NC 27514.

Heritage Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Published in Charlotte Observer on February 3, 2010