For the love of family.
  • 83 years old
  • Born on June 4, 1929 in Concord, New Hampshire, United States.
  • Passed away on April 10, 2013 in Rochester, New Hampshire, United States.

Norma Ruth Heselton passed away at home, in the embrace of loved ones, on Wednesday April 10, 2013 following a lengthy and fearless battle with cancer. After defying all the odds and beating breast cancer some 40 years ago, she filled her days with gardening, collecting stamps and coins, bird-watching, playing cards and helping to raise her many grandchildren, most of whom she got to watch grow up and start their own families. She also enjoyed going to Foxwoods Casino and spoke often of her next trip there. She is survived and greatly missed by her husband Richard; her two siblings; her seven children; nephews, nieces and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Posted by Karen A on 4th June 2018
Mom, 89 years ago today, the world became a better place because you were born. The more time passes the more our memories of you become more vivid and treasured. Aunt Ruth is celebrating her 99th birthday today and that is so unbelievable. We wish we were celebrating your birthday today here with you. We miss you so much.
Posted by Karen A on 13th May 2018
Mom, It's Mother's Day 2018, and we all miss you so much. Mother's day is not the same without you being here to enjoy a beautiful spring day and get out to see the flowers that are blooming everywhere. You are missed more than you will ever know!
Posted by Karen A on 10th April 2018
Mom, Five years. It's really hard to believe that you've been gone for five years. We all miss you so much. The joy of your company was always so good, with great memories of it all. We really miss the visits, especially today. Love you and miss you every day.
Posted by Lori H on 10th April 2018
Five years ago today you left this world. It doesn't seem possible. We all miss and think of you every single day. You had a huge impact on the entire structure of the family and it shows every day. Things are not the same and will never be the same. Its tough some days and even tougher on others. We miss you tremendously. Lots of love❤
Posted by Karen A on 25th December 2017
Merry Christmas Mom, this is the fifth Christmas since you left us, and you would have loved this one. The most snow and highest measurable amount since 2002 hit us today, 8 inches and then a beautiful sun shines afternoon followed .You always loved white , snowy christmas days and this one was really amazing. Heavy snow with white out conditions in the morning and a beautiful sunny finish this afternoon. How we miss your love of this day , especially the Yankee swaps that were so much fun. Merry Christmas, love and miss you. Karen and Raymond
Posted by Karen A on 23rd November 2017
Mom, it's hard to believe that we are now five thanksgivings without you. It seems like only yesterday that we were setting up the dining room while you were getting the dishes and silverware ready for the big get-together. Alot of great memories and funny stories that are unforgetable. Missing you alot today.
Posted by Karen A on 4th June 2017
Mom, " Today it's your birthday , Happy Birthday to you ". We know how much you loved listening to music, so the Beatles seemed appropriate. You loved a beautiful, sunny day in June to plant your flowers and be outside enjoying the warmth of the day. So we've got all that today. Our memories never dim, they just get stronger of all that you loved to do . Happy Birthday
Posted by Karen A on 14th May 2017
Mom, you wouldn't be loving the weather this Mothers day, but this was always your favorite time of year, putting lots of plants into the ground and going to all the flower stores to get the best ones you could find. We always liked helping you with your planting, and you liked how Raymond would take the time to plant your flowers so that they looked organized. We really miss your enjoyment and happiness doing this.
Posted by Karen A on 10th April 2017
Mom, 4 years today,it seems like yesterday and the hurt of you being gone never goes away. Your passing was so difficult for all of us and we will always remember the good times spent at the card table on Thursdays and the bus trips to Foxwoods. Great memories never go away. Love you so Much!
Posted by Lori H on 19th February 2017
I really miss playing cards every thursday. It was the highlight of my week. I treasure those memories so much. The fun, the food and just spending time doing something we all enjoyed. Even getting in trouble for swearing. As hard as Karen and I would try, we could never get you to swear. Even after telling you that its good for you. You didnt buy it. So funny how hard we tried though. Boy do I miss those days!!! Just sayin'
Posted by Karen A on 25th December 2016
Mom, fourth Christmas without you and it doesn't seem possible. We know how much you loved the holiday season and the very slow unwrapping of each gift you received. Saving that paper and reusing it meant everything to you. It would drive everyone crazy , especially me. We've also lost so many more loved ones in 2016. We miss you so much.
Posted by Karen A on 24th November 2016
Mom, We were thinking of you yesterday while we were preparing for another thanksgiving without you. We all loved getting everything ready and getting together for the food and family feast. Really missing you at our fourth thanksgiving without you. Love and miss you alot.
Posted by Karen A on 5th June 2016
Mom, we really missed you yesterday on your 87th birthday. You would have loved being at your youngest grandsons wedding on such a beautiful,sunny day. Everyone missed you and talked so kindly of you. We miss you more and more with each passing year.
Posted by Lori H on 8th May 2016
Mom would have loved this weather no doubt. It could be 7am and she would be outside planting or weeding or doing absolutely anything as long as it was outside. This is definitely the hardest time of year for us who knew her. People would say to me, I drove by your parents house and your mom was outside. That was no surprise to us however. So many of us really miss this little lady. Many things bring back great memories, for example a poker game even on tv, a foxwoods commercial, lemon cake, homemade cranberry sauce, a round flower garden, a swan, a doll. The list goes on and on. These are great memories but at the same time make us a little sad because she is no longer here to continue with them but we're grateful for each and every one that we have... miss you.
Posted by Karen A on 8th May 2016
Mom, We can't believe that this is the fourth Mothers day without you here with us. Everyone knew how much you loved this time of year. The springtime was your favorite season, just getting outside and planting. We all miss you so,so much.
Posted by Karen A on 10th April 2016
Mom, three years,it goes by so fast. We miss you more and more with each passing year and the hurt never goes away. Love you and miss you so much.
Posted by Karen A on 1st January 2016
This is our third New Years Day without you and the memories of past celebrations do not fade away. Missing you a lot today as every day.
Posted by Karen A on 25th December 2015
Mom,This is the third Christmas without you and we really miss you, especially this time of year. We always had so much fun watching you opening presents and your enjoyment watching the kids opening theirs when we were all together at your house every year.Miss you so much.
Posted by Karen A on 26th November 2015
Mom, Thanksgiving 2015, 2 1/2 years since you left us. We know how much you loved this day of having the family all together for a great meal and then the leftovers and desserts. Missing you more than ever. Love you.
Posted by Lori H on 4th June 2015
Missing my mom a lot today. Thinking about playing cards and eating good food and just being in great company every Thursday for years and years. June 4th celebrates the day a great mom was born back in 1929. Happy birthday
Posted by Karen A on 4th June 2015
Mom, We are really missing you on your 86th birthday.This was your favorite time of year. Planting your flowers and enjoying the warming days.Love you more than ever.
Posted by Lori H on 10th May 2015
Trying to find words to express how much this beautiful, special, sweet woman is missed and I can't. In our thoughts every day is an understatement. Love and miss you mom.❤❤❤❤❤❤❤
Posted by Karen A on 10th May 2015
Mom, missing you so much on this third Mothers Day without you.We all know that you loved this time of year so much. We love you.
Posted by Lori H on 10th April 2015
Two years! It doesn't seem possible. We miss you every minute of every day. The impact you had on our lives is something we can't explain. Your an angel.
Posted by Karen A on 10th April 2015
Mom, It's been two years since you left us and the pain of losing you never goes away. You are always there in our hearts and we love and miss you so much on this second anniversary.
Posted by Karen A on 25th December 2014
Merry Christmas Mom, We know that you were there waiting for Stacey when she passed away last friday, December 19, 2014. It's been almost 2 years since you left us and our thoughts of you never go away.We really miss you alot and know that Stacey is in good hands being in heaven with you. We love you very much.
Posted by Lori H on 2nd December 2014
Tough time of year. Missing my Mom a lot right now.
Posted by Karen A on 27th November 2014
Mom, another Thanksgiving is upon us, and we miss you more than ever. Last year we were in Georgia with Ashley and Reese, but not having you here this year was even harder. You were the best, and our thoughts of you never go away. Love you very much.
Posted by Karen A on 10th October 2014
Mom, it's been a year and a half since you left us, but you remain in our thoughts each and every day. We miss you more and more and as the seasons pass, it still hurts not having you here to talk to us and have coffee with you almost every morning. We love you and miss you alot.
Posted by Karen A on 4th June 2014
Mom, really missing you on your 85th birthday. You were the strongest person that we'll ever know in our lifetime and our memories of you are as fresh today as a year ago. It seems impossible that another spring has passed without you here . We love and miss you very much.
Posted by Lori H on 4th June 2014
85 years ago today Norma Ruth Smith was born. A wonderful woman who changed the lives of so many people throughout her life. Her absense is still and always will be felt deeply by all who knew her. I miss my mom. Xoxo.... Happy Birthday
Posted by Karen A on 11th May 2014
Mom, this is the second Mothers Day without you.It seems like only yesterday that we would be out getting flowers for your gardens and planters, with you outside enjoying the beautiful sunshine day. Miss you, love you more each day. Happy Mothers Day.
Posted by Lori H on 11th May 2014
Its Mothers Day, Mom would be outside today planting flowers or sitting with a coffee enjoying this warm beautiful day. I miss my mom :(
Posted by Lori H on 10th April 2014
One year! Who would think it would hurt as much today as it did last april 10th. We miss playing cards and having coffee and we just miss you.... you were such an important part of our lives and still are. That will never change. We will cherish you forever.
Posted by Karen A on 10th April 2014
Mom, This has been the hardest year of our lives, not having you with us.Today feels just as bad as it did 365 days ago, with our missing you more than we ever thought possible.Our thoughts are of you daily and we really miss you more than ever.This was your special time of year. Springtime ! Love you so much.
Posted by Lori H on 14th February 2014
Happy Valentines Day!!! xoxo
Posted by Karen A on 1st January 2014
Mom, Well we begin 2014, our first full year without you, with our feelings of deep loss always here. We love and miss you so much every day. Our thoughts are always with you.
Posted by Lori H on 25th December 2013
When your beautiful heart stopped beating, our hearts broke in two. Knowing that here on earth there will never be another like you. It just doesnt feel right today. We can try not to be sad today but it wont work. Its all changed. Our first christmas without mom. I dont like it. She s our family angel for sure. Love and miss you.....
Posted by Karen A on 25th December 2013
Merry Christmas Mom! This is our first Christmas ever without you and it just doesn't feel the same with you not here and probably never will. You were the glue that held this family together. We all love and miss you so much and it doesn't feel very much like Christmas today with you gone. This day was so very special to you! Love and miss you so much!
Posted by Lori H on 28th November 2013
Today is thanksgiving day. It was a rough one without mom. It just wasnt right. Things will never be the same. Not even close. Its hard to believe the impact she had on so many of our lives. Mom, we miss you... peace
Posted by Karen A on 27th November 2013
Mom, We are really missing you on the day before Thanksgiving, as we always cooked together for this special occasion. Thanksgiving will never be the same without you. We all love and miss you more than you could ever know.
Posted by Lori H on 10th October 2013
I can't believe it was six months ago today that we lost you. We miss you so much. :(
Posted by Lori H on 5th July 2013
Miss you.................
Posted by Karen A on 4th June 2013
Happy Birthday Mom ! We love and miss you more and more each day.You will always be "Too well treasured to ever be forgotten".
Posted by Lori H on 4th June 2013
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Posted by Ryan A on 4th June 2013
Happy birthday Gram!
Posted by Lori H on 13th May 2013
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Posted by Ryan A on 12th May 2013
Happy Mother's Day, Gram! I remember, as a little kid, going to the greenhouse near the hospital on Mother's Day to buy you flowers for your garden. Maybe that is why the first thing I did the day you left was go and buy flowers for our patios.

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