Longtime Fairbanks resident Aullaqsrauq Ramona Dublin Norton passed away Sept. 27, 2012, peacefully in her home surrounded by family.
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She was born April 10, 1932, upriver from Kotzebue to the late Frank and Minne Norton.
Aullaqsrauq is survived by her brother, Peter Norton, and sister, Helen Norton, both of Kotzebue; her children, Randy Dublin, and wife, Mary; Nina Opferman and husband, Dennis; Margaret Ballard and husband, Lonney; and Tom Dublin and wife, Stacie; her grandchildren, Keitrah, Maqana, Angel, BJ and Matt, Douglas and Dez, Thomas and Irene, Alex and Shay, and Derrick and Jen; and her great-grandchildren, JJ and Andrea, Lucy, Cutter and Chance, Sarah, Jessica, Kiya, Shawn, Matthew, Shaylynn, Darrion, Mia, Aubrey, Kirra; Nevaeh, Savannah, Annette, Destiny; Ericka, Hazey and Layna.
You can shed tears that she is gone
Or you can smile because she has lived.
You can close your eyes and pray she will come back
Or open your eyes and see that she has left.
Your heart can be empty because you can't see her
Or you can be full of the love that you shared.
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday
Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.
You can remember her and only that she is gone
Or you can cherish her memory and let it live on.
You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back
Or you can do what she would want:
Smile, Open your eyes, Love and go on!
- Dawn Fry
Published in Daily News-Miner on Nov. 1, 2012