Norma Lee Hart

Monday, June 1, 2020

Norma Lee Hart, 90, formerly of Sheldon, Mo., passed away on Sunday, May 31, 2020, at Truman Healthcare and Rehab in Lamar following a brief illness. Norma was born Nov. 24, 1929, in Mannford, Okla., to Jessie O. and Naomi A. (Stockdale) Varnell. She was united in marriage to Gus Eugene Hart on Sept. 24, 1948, in Drumright, Okla., and he preceded her in death on May 26, 2010.

Norma was raised in Mannford, Okla., and moved to California in the early 1950s. She moved to the Sheldon area in 1966 and in addition to being a housewife she worked at the Nevada State Hospital for 20 years retiring in 1987. Norma was known for her expert quilting, her love of music, gardening, cooking for her family, and taking care of her grandchildren.

Survivors include three sons, Stephen Hart and his wife, Charlotte, Sheldon, Mo., David Hart and his wife, Linda, Lamar, Mo., and Phillip Hart and his wife, Eva, Sheldon, Mo.; 10 grandchildren, Phillip Hart Jr. and his wife, Rachel, Norma Lewis and her husband, Randy, Michael Hart and his wife, Starr, Charles Hart, James Hart and his wife, Sonja, Gregory Hart and his wife, Sara, Jennifer White and her husband, Tom, David Hart and his wife, Melissa, Elizabeth Colbert and her husband, Gary, and Matthew Hart and his wife, Audrey; 32 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Herschel Glen Varnell and Kenneth Varnell; two sisters, Beulah McDowell and Oneta Lewis; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, Gus, she was preceded in death by her parents; and seven siblings, Geneva Wilson, Leatha Vemer, Julia Dodd, Gerald Varnell, Mansell Varnell, Fred Varnell, and Verla Jones.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, June 3, at Ferry Funeral Home, in Nevada, with Pastor Brent Jackson officiating. Interment will follow in Olive Branch Cemetery in Milo, Mo. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, at the funeral home.

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