Al­lie Youngs Nor­ton

San Francisco Chronicle (Sunday) - - LIFE TRIBUTES -

July 14, 1916 to Novem­ber 10, 2018

Al­lie Y. Nor­ton passed away on Novem­ber 10, 2018 at the age of 102. She was born in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. to par­ents An­nie Youngs Beach and Sa­muel Hovey Beach. Af­ter a few years liv­ing in Mary­land, the fam­ily re­turned to its orig­i­nal home in Cal­i­for­nia where Al­lie spent most of the rest of her life. She grew up pri­mar­ily in Se­bastopol, Lake­port and Berke­ley, in north­ern Cal­i­for­nia.

Al­lie was an ac­tive, strong, and very ca­pa­ble per­son who over­came many ob­sta­cles to lead a suc­cess­ful and in­de­pen­dent life. For many years, she worked as an of­fice manger and ac­coun­tant for a real es­tate de­vel­op­ment firm in Concord, CA, also mak­ing a num­ber of suc­cess­ful in­vest­ments of her own. Af­ter re­tire­ment, she lived in var­i­ous towns in north­ern Cal­i­for­nia, be­fore re­turn­ing to Berke­ley where she re­mained, liv­ing in­de­pen­dently in her own home un­til her 100th birth­day. Al­lie’s fi­nal two years were spent in the Rak­sha Care Home in Al­bany. The fam­ily ex­tends con­sid­er­able ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the car­ing and pro­fes­sional care Al­lie re­ceived there.

In re­tire­ment, Al­lie vol­un­teered in sev­eral Berke­ley or­ga­ni­za­tions, with em­pha­sis on the Berke­ley Pub­lic Li­brary mend­ing depart­ment, and the League of Women Vot­ers for which she tack­led many tasks over sev­eral years. She remembered fondly her in­volve­ment with both or­ga­ni­za­tions. Also, she en­joyed a wide range of ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing tak­ing Elder­hos­tel and river raft­ing trips, rid­ing and car­ing for her horse, Marty, and at­tend­ing many mu­si­cals.

Al­lie had a unique per­son­al­ity. She was unas­sum­ing and down-to-earth, but also spoke frankly and di­rectly on top­ics of con­cern to her. She had a won­der­ful sense of hu­mor, par­tic­u­larly for the some­what bizarre and off­beat. Her will­ing­ness to pro­vide an un­var­nished image of her past chal­lenges pro­vided a most wor­thy role model. She was fru­gal in her own life, but ex­tremely gen­er­ous to fam­ily and friends in need of help, qui­etly mak­ing con­tri­bu­tions with no thought of re­turn. She strongly sup­ported in­de­pen­dent women in small busi­nesses, in­clud­ing, in her later years, a small group of younger women for phys­i­cal ex­er­cise, mas­sages, fa­cials and home main­te­nance help. They be­came an im­por­tant part of her “sup­port group” which helped her re­main at home as long as pos­si­ble. A wise lady.

She is sur­vived by her niece and nephew, Bar­bara Beach Floyd (Doug), and Gor­don Lin­forth Beach (Greer), in ad­di­tion to grand nieces and neph­ews, Ches Floyd, Emily Floyd, Mark Beach and Jen­nifer Beach Tucker, and their chil­dren. Al­lie was also close to her Youngs fam­ily cousins, Mar­jorie Nel­son, Ann Herr, and He­len Stead­man, and their chil­dren. We will al­ways re­mem­ber her with ap­pre­ci­a­tion, and great re­spect.

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