Norma May Bell


Norma May Bell went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016, at the age of 87. She was a resident of Greenwood.

Norma was born March 22, 1928, in Indianapolis, to the late Ralph and Gertrude (Brawner) Duncan.

Norma grew up in Fountain Square, where she met her husband, Martin Bell, at White Gables Restaurant. She then traveled to Virginia to marry Martin Bell before he left for the service in World War II.

Norma was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend.

She is survived by her husband of more than 70 years; and five children, Gloria Hinkle, Martin Lee Bell, Cynthia Bell, Jeanette Cloud and Pamela Berzins; eight grandchildren, Tina, Tyra, Randy, Angie, Steven, Amber, Stacey and Amy; 17 great-grandchildren, Alexander, Katelyn, Alisha, McKenzie, Zachary, Kayla, Jordan, Kyle, Cody, Evan, Jaden, Lilly, Violet, Ashlyn, Alana, Ava and Aubrey; and three great-great-grandchildren, Olivia, Dalton and Harper.

Norma enjoyed traveling and family vacations.

She enjoyed the slots at the casinos and would often visit the casino in Shelbyville. Norma enjoyed playing poker and euchre with family and friends, and was a member of a monthly euchre club that she enjoyed for many years. Her family was very important to her, and everyone she met was like family. She was loved by all who met her.

She owned Norma’s Pizza Shop for many years.

She also enjoyed making and decorating cakes for all of her children and grandchildrens’ weddings and other celebrations. Norma enjoyed writing newsletters, drawing and until she was called home, missed L.S. Ayres and Chi-Chi’s. She knew the Lord and Savior and led her life accordingly.

Calling will be 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Greenwood Chapel, 481 W. Main St., Greenwood. A celebration of her life will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, with Rev. Marion Glover to officiate. A procession followed by a graveside service will be in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens Cemetery in Greenwood.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be given to Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center Volunteer Services or Riley Children’s Hospital.

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