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Marthanne 'Marti' Morton

PRINCETON — Marthanne "Marti" E. Morton, 65, of Princeton passed away Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio.

She was born April 14, 1948, in Princeton to George and Harriette (Eickmeier) Morton. She graduated in 1966 from Princeton High School and then attended a business trade school.

For many years she was a self-employed caregiver. She previously worked at the Bureau County Courthouse and the University of Minnesota as a legal secretary, a local bartender and a realtor. She was a Girl Scout leader and a pageant mom as well. She also worked as an aide at the local schools and worked at the Covenant Children's Home. She was fundamentally responsible for the founding development and support of the Bureau County Health and Wellness free clinic, working tirelessly establishing all of the office protocols and training, and was an invaluable participant for many years. Her passion was caring for the elderly.

Marti enjoyed traveling with her children and their friends, gardening, garage sales, collecting dolls, caring for animals and loved taking photos. Anyone that knew Marti, knew that she was a mother to many. She had a big heart, was a good listener and would help anyone. She always gave to all and expected nothing in return. She was a Beautiful Mother, Grandmother, Best Friend, Sister and Auntie. Therefore, she earned the "Gold Heart Award for Life" from her children.

She is survived by her two children, Dane Lee Morton and daughter-in-law Dana Michaels of California and Mara Morton-Raabe of Princeton; and one grandson, Tavin Morton of California. Other survivors include Marilyn, Corey, Prida, Diah, Ella, Nancy, Shannon, Nicole and Krishlyn, along with many more close friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Services will be at noon Saturday at the Norberg Memorial Home, Princeton, with family friend Gordy Nagel officiating. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the family.

Online condolences may be left at www.norbergfh.com.

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