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ST. ALBANS —  Norma Rushford (Sweeny) Webster, 93, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015.  She was born in St. Albans to Benjamin and Mabel (Anderson) Rushford on Nov. 18, 1921.  Norma was lucky in love, she had two wonderful husbands.  She was married to Jack Sweeny from 1943 until his death in 1966.  Twelve years later she married John Webster who predeceased her in 2003.

Norma leaves her children Kathy and Patrick O’Donnell of North Hero and John and Wende Sweeny of St. Albans as well as Wende’s children and grandchildren; her very special grandchildren and great grandchildren Karen and Gary Shaneberger, and their children, Hannah, Hunter and Holden of Marquette, Mich; Kevin and Kacy O’Donnell of West Los Angeles; and Kelly and Matthew Bruneau, and their children, Maggie, Georgia and Henry of Williston.  She also leaves behind her cherished nephew, Donald Rushford and many other very special Rushford and Sweeny nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husbands, Norma was pre-deceased by her infant daughter Joanne, and brother Roland Rushford, and sister-in-law, Bertha Rushford.

Norma was a gracious woman with many passions. The most consuming was her family.  She loved them all so much that her time spent in the nursing home was bearable because family was around.  She couldn’t believe she ended up there but said repeatedly, “I’m okay as long as my family is here.  Don’t forget me!”

Bridge and fashion were two other passions.  Norma was a long-standing member of the Autonoe Club.  Between games at the club, in the homes of friends, pick-up games with family and duplicate bridge, she played multiple times a week.  Even when dementia began to rob her of short-term memory it was said she could hold her own at the bridge table.

Norma worked in the clothing industry, first when she and a friend opened a clothing store and later at Frederick’s and Doolin’s.  She loved going to New York City on buying trips and always prided herself on the way she dressed.

Mom/ Grandma/ Gram-Gram taught us well.  She has loved and been loved deeply.  Dying was never on her bucket list but living to nearly 94 with so many people who loved her is a life well lived.

Norma’s family would like to extend a grateful thank you to the staff of St. Albans Health and Rehab and also to the wonderful people at Bayada Hospice.

A celebration of Norma’s life will be held Friday, Oct. 9 at Brady and Levesque Funeral Home, 86 S. Main St, St. Albans. Visiting hour will be at 4:00 followed by a short service. We welcome you to share stories about Norma and have a light meal with us at the Elks Club following the service.

In lieu of flowers, Norma would be thrilled to have donations made in her name to the Franklin County Humane Society, 30 Sunset Meadows, St. Albans, VT 05478.  Online condolences may be sent to her family at the funeral home website:  Arrangements are entrusted to the Brady & Levesque Funeral Home and Commemorative Services.