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Alexandra Norton, educator, active in community

June 14, 1939 – May 17, 2015

CASSADAGA – Alexandra Barnes Norton, formerly of Kenmore, an educator who was active in the community, died May 17 in her Cassadaga home. She was 75.

Born in Framingham, Mass., the former Alexandra Barnes was a graduate of High Mowing School in Wilton, N.H., and taught prekindergarten at the Park School of Buffalo, where her parents had taught.

Mrs. Norton founded the Tonawanda-Grand Island division of the Buffalo Philharmonic Women Committee. She also was a docent for the Buffalo Zoo, member and past president of the Twentieth Century Club of Buffalo and a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International Foundation.

Married to Frederic P. “Nick” Norton, a Kenmore and Fredonia Rotarian, the couple would host nine foreign Rotary International exchange students, and all three of their children were participants in the program.

As the wife of a Rotary district governor, she was active in supporting the programs of Rotary District 7090 and its 75 constituent clubs.

Mrs. Norton was considered an extraordinary gardener and an amateur ornithologist, and she had a particular fondness for hummingbirds.

Survivors include her husband of 54 years; three children, Bryan A., Kezia E. and Gregory P,; two brothers, Peter A. and Alfred; a sister, Susan B. Kern; and five grandchildren.

A memorial reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the Twentieth Century Club of Buffalo, 595 Delaware Ave. Services will be private.

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