Norma Bell

Norma Margaret Shumard Bell, 96, longtime resident of Smith Mountain Lake, was born in Mareitta, Ohio, to Howard Shumard and Doris Yates Shumard.

She had five brothers and sisters and is survived by her twin sisters, Ruby Bell of Wintersville, Ohio and Ruth Nutting of Sarasota, Florida.

She was married to Harold “Babe” Bell, who preceded her in passing. They had one daughter, Sharon Bell Pease of Smith Mountain Lake.

Norma was the matriarch of a large extended family and gave her huge smiles and hugs, brimming with her love, to her many nieces and nephews. God and her family were her passions.

She loved water sports with SCUBA, swimming and boating being her favorites. She also loved to hike and hiked many trails including the Appalachian Trail which she hiked with her sister, Ruth Nutting, and her husband George Nutting. She was an accomplished painter who worked in oils and acrylics.

A memorial will be held at a later date in her home state of Ohio for her beloved family. All who knew Norma are saddened by her passing but celebrate her glorious years with her beloved family.

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Smith Mountain Lake, is assisting the family.

To send condolences, please visit www.tharp funeralhome.com.