Norma's Story

MILO - Norma Jeanne (Patterson) Artus was born on December 10, 1939. She passed away on September 7, 2015 surrounded by loved ones. Norma was born in Island Falls, ME; she was part of a large family. After losing her mother Theresa at a young age she moved to Milo, ME. She lost her father Ferd in 1967.

A true love story began when she met her husband Charles W. Artus after moving to Milo. They were high school sweethearts and eventually married. He served in the U.S. Navy and was at times overseas for months. She patiently waited for him. When he returned, they began a lifelong journey of working together with their own businesses, traveling, starting a family and making a lifetime of memories. In her earlier years Norma worked for Senator Margaret Chase Smith in Washington D.C. She was an amazing typist and a hard worker which earned her great respect and a friendship with the senator. She carried out her hard work and devotion in every aspect of her life.

Norma is survived by her loving husband Charles W. Artus of Milo, a son Scott Artus and his wife Kathy of Milo, a daughter Dawn (Artus) King and her husband Ernie of Hancock, a sister-in-law Sheila Kuchinski of Milo, a granddaughter Jessica (Chadwick) Snowdeal and her husband Anson of Sullivan, grandsons Blaine Chadwick of Hancock, Justin Artus of Milo and Charles Artus of Milo,, a step-daughter Cheryl Busbey of Dover-Foxcroft and her step-grandchildren Trey Weymouth, Heidi Weymouth, Chris Weymouth, and Corey Weymouth all of Charleston, a very special niece Debra Knapp of Milo, a brother Bud Patterson and his wife Donna of Patten, a brother Ferd Patterson and his wife Pat of Myrtle Beach, SC, a sister Marlene Gothrow and her husband Wayne of Waterville, a sister Bonnie Potter and her husband Mike of Jacksonville, FL and many great-grand children.

She was predeceased by a sister Cleo Glidden, a brother Del Patterson and a brother-in-law Clifford Kuchinski.

Norma was a true matriarch of her family and especially reveled in her role as a grandmother. She was the true epitome of a loving mother, grandmother, friend and a lady through and through. She also had a very special companion Lexi, her Maltese, whom she just adored.

Norma's granddaughter Jessica never left her side while she was in the hospital. They had a bond that was truly special.

A memorial service will be held on Charles and Norma's 56th wedding anniversary on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 1:00 PM at the Milo Methodist Church where they were married. A gathering of family and friends will follow the service with refreshments.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation in Norma's name to the American Diabetes Association at www.donations.diabetes.org
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