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Meredith Norton
Chapel of the Chimes Oakland & Memorial Park
4499 Piedmont Avenue
Oakland, CA
Meredith Anne Norton

Acclaimed author of Lopsided, a breast cancer memoir, died Friday, August 2, 2013 at home in Oakland after a long struggle with breast cancer. She was born January 10, 1970 in Berkeley, the younger daughter of John H. III and Eloise Edwards Norton, and was a graduate of The Bentley School, Berkeley High School and Columbia College in New York with an A.B. in Film Studies and creative writing.

She is survived by her husband, Thibault J. Jousse; son, Lucas; sister, Angela; brother, Douglas (Ashante); parents, John and Eloise Norton; niece, Kendall; nephews, John Calvin, Michael Ray and Jackson; and many friends and acquaintances.

A memorial service will be held 11 AM, Saturday, August 17, 2013 at the Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, CA 94611.

Donations in Meredith's memory can be made to the American Cancer Society.

Published by San Francisco Chronicle from Aug. 8 to Aug. 9, 2013.
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I just finished Lopsided a few minutes ago (I have bilateral breast cancer) and enjoyed her humorous way of sharing her story. Our personalities & humor are so alike that I felt like we would've been good friends. I decided to look up her life after the book & was shocked to my core that she didn't make it. For those of you who knew her personally, I am envious & hope you know how lucky you were.
L Gibson
December 3, 2019
I had the privilege of being taught by "Miss Norton" for two years in her home room, so I got to hear all kinds of her amazing stories through 3 hours of home room each day and I loved every second. I would sit in aw as she would go on these long detailed stories and always told her she should write a book. I'm one of those rowdy junior high kids she taught :) She was my favorite teacher by far and the first name that would come to mind whenever asked "Did you have a favorite teacher?". I had actually just looked her up to see how she was doing and was met with the sad news and instantly bought her book. what's funny is this isn't even half of it, her life seemed like an advanture and something I never got sick of hearing about.
Amy Weber
September 7, 2018
I am a Librarian but also the mother of a beautiful daughter who now is an angel. Candice, my daughter, was diagnosed with breast cancer August 10, 2011. She was only 27 when diagnosed and fought hard as hell until her passing on December 25, 2013. She was only 30 years old. I ran across "Lopsided" in helping a patron find a book on Breast Cancer. In reading the front and back flap of the book, Meredith Norton sounds as if her personality and sense of humor was so like my daughter. I looked up Meredith Norton and sadly saw that she had passed. I am looking forward to reading her memoir. God Bless all the family and friends of this remarkable woman. Always be proud!! Sincerely Kim
Kim Fletcher
September 2, 2017
It's three years later, but I just read Ms. Norton's book "Lopsided." I was afraid to look her up on the internet until I had finished. I'm so sorry she lost her battle with cancer. So grateful to her for such a brilliantly written memoir about so many things, not just cancer. As a solo performer and community college teacher, I hope to include it in a curriculum someday. My condolences to all who knew and loved her.
Annette Roman
May 23, 2016
Such a brave story, a gifted lady gone too young.
May her son and husband be proud in their grief.
Thank you, Meredith.
Willa Johnston R.N.
March 29, 2014
Meredith's book had me laughing hysterically while I was bald and going through chemo, she inspired me to write my memoir also. I'm saddened that we have lost her, but wanted to sign this guest book to say that the world is a better place for having had her in it. So thankful for her.
Heather St.Aubin-Stout
March 17, 2014
I didn't know Meredith but I really loved her book, and just read it again over the summer. She seemed like a fantastic person. I'm so sorry for her family's loss.
Amy Maclin
January 22, 2014
The world is a better place for having Meredith in it. She has touched many lives as she touched mine with her wit and her biting honesty. My heart is heavy knowing that she is gone but light with the knowledge that her burden is now light as the breath of a baby.

Rest in peace.
Susan Thielen
September 5, 2013
We have Meredith's book in our Kaiser Cancer Resource Library and have both read it. It is amazing! We were shocked and terribly saddened by her death.

We would like to extend our sincere condolences to her family.

June Reznikoff and Nicky Larson
Portland, OR
August 24, 2013
I know that Meredith was a truly wonderful person and accomplished much in her short life. My deepest condolences to her family.
Ray Doherty
August 18, 2013
You will be missed and loved forever.
Etna Laura Ross
August 17, 2013
I wish you comfort at this difficult time. I just completed reading Meredith's book today (August 17, 2013) and it gave me comfort. She found her calling in the end. Sorry for your loss.
Anne Tella
August 17, 2013
My condolences to the Norton's family. Meredith is not dead. She is safe in the presence of God who wipes off tears and bears all pains.

May the spirit of God bring peace to the Norton's family and everlasting peace to the soul of Meredith.

Ray Chimezie
August 13, 2013
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