Norma Jean Snell was born September 28, 1938, in Rose, Oklahoma, to Estel and Opal Marie (Walters) Plumlee. She departed this life on May 27, 2005, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, at the age of 66 years, 7 months, and 29 days.
As a child, Norma attended schools in Salina, Locust Grove, and Smith Chapel. On January 28, 1956, in Locust Grove, Norma Jean Plumlee and Calvin L. Snell were united in marriage by Reverend Ray Gwartney.
Most of Norma’s life was spent in the Rose and Locust Grove area, but she and her family had spent a short time in California and close to 20 years in the Tulsa/Catoosa area. Norma was a dedicated homemaker, loving and caring for her family dearly.
She enjoyed going to flea markets, garage sales, and craft shows. Norma also loved to work on ceramics and pottery, as well as crossword puzzles. She loved listening to country music, especially the two Georges, George Strait and George Jones. Above all, Norma cherished the time spent with her family and friends.
She is survived by: her husband of over 49 years, Calvin, of the home in Rose, Oklahoma; 2 sons: Calvin Dale Snell of Rose, Oklahoma and Scott Snell of Rose, Oklahoma; 1 daughter: Dee Ann Rake of Rose, Oklahoma; 3 grandchildren: Emmy Jackson, Jesse Lee Rake, and Cody Lynn Snell; 4 brothers: Bob Plumlee, Richard Plumlee, Jack Gwartney, and J. E. Gwartney; 7 sisters: Freda Anglin, Eveline Crisp, June McFarland, Mickey Young, Carolyn Sue Young, Teresa Plumlee, and Estalene Plumlee; numerous other relatives and a host of friends.
Norma was preceded in death by: her parents and 2 sisters: Verna Taylor and Lena Holmes.
Funeral services were held 2:30 P.M., Tuesday, May 31, 2005, at the First Baptist Church in Leach, Oklahoma. Reverend Ray Gwartney officiated with interment following at the Elm Cemetery in Leach. Services were entrusted to the Locust Grove Funeral Home.