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BANGOR and CARTERET, N.J. Norma Lucille (Briggs) Laughton, 92, wife of John N. Laughton for 51 years, died in her sleep, Oct. 17, 2001, at her Carteret, N.J. home. She was born Sept. 4, 1909, in Houlton, the daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth (Wiggins) Briggs. Norma was a graduate of Houlton High School and Farmington Normal School. She taught for 11 years in northern Maine and Bar Harbor, until her marriage in 1939. She and her husband had homes in Hallowell, Ripley and Bangor. In 1953, she resumed teaching the primary grades in Dexter, St. Albans and Dover-Foxcroft, until her retirement. She played the piano, violin, drums and flute, passing her love of music and talent on to her children. She spent her retirement years traveling in the United States and England, Scotland, Wales, as well as, tending her flower gardens and reading. After retirement, she was a volunteer at the Eastern Maine Medical Center and at the Red Cross Center until she was 82. After her husband's death in 1990, she bought a home in Carteret, N.J.

She is survived by her son, John S. Laughton of Thurmont, Md.; two daughters and their husbands, Elizabeth and Michael Carter of Portland, Jane and Fred Bull of Carteret, N.J.; one sister and her husband, Betty and Edward Pyne of Hingham, Mass.; five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, a niece and nephew. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her daughter, Helen in 1996; and her treasured lifelong and childhood friend, Jean (Haggerty) Grant in 2000.

Private services for the family will be held Monday at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor, with Rev. Joan DeSanctis, pastor of the North Brewer-Eddington United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Bangor.

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