Obituary – Norma Poole
A memorial service celebrating the life of Norma Poole will be held at 1 p.m. July 9 at the Lake Tahoe Community Presbyterian Church. Born in San Bernardino, Calif., March 24,1921, Norma once said that God gave her life and it was her intention to enjoy this special gift as much as she could. Moments prior to her death June 23, 2004, in Reno, Nev., she was doing just that. She was 83.
If life were a symphony Norma would be its greatest conductor. As life played its varying aspects, she would see to it that each stage was played with much bravado and gusto. When faced with an occasional discord, she would move forward positively and with a great strength of faith ensuring an upbeat tempo even during difficult times. A loving, affectionate mother, wife, companion and friend, she gave the best of herself to the South Lake Tahoe community, where she had resided for 27 years. She was a small business owner, a dedicated volunteer and a talented pianist.
Norma played piano for the Lake Tahoe Community Presbyterian Church for more than 25 years. She also played for many special occasions. For her, music was a great communicator. She took great care and pride in selecting the music and she was very imaginative in her use of music as a metaphor either to help develop service projects or establish an underlying theme of an event. Music was also an extension of Norma’s faith.
Norma was an outstanding example of spirituality, Christianity and worldly wisdom. She bore witness to the teachings of her church and openly shared her beliefs with family and friends. Her uncompromising faith helped strengthen her through difficult times. Widowed after a marriage of 42 years to Boyd Poole, her faith helped her continue to embrace her life with the same, if not greater, enjoyment. Even when bearing the grief of losing her son, Ron, her devotion to her convictions did not waiver. When it came to bearing witness to the love and caring of others, Norma excelled.
Norma was a charter member and past president of Soroptimist International of Tahoe Sierra. For more than 27 years she served her community through her volunteer work as a Soroptimist. In this role she gave of her time and talent to help in the creation of service projects aimed to help her community and the world. A skillful leader, she helped many of her Soroptimist sisters realize their potential. At 75 she was honored for her dedication to the principles of Soroptimist service by being named a member of the Laurel Society – the first for Soroptimist International of Tahoe Sierra.
She is survived by her son, Wesley Poole; grandson, Sam Poole; nieces, Michelle Phillips and Melinda Winchell; and companion and life partner, George Malley, who, coincidentally, was born in San Bernardino in the 1920s, only to later meet Norma in the early 1990s. George has been at Norma’s side ever since and was dedicated to helping her realize the quality of life she wanted in spite of her failing health. She touched countless lives and taught that life is God’s gift; a gift whose greatest worth comes from living it to its fullest capacity – the loving and caring for others and the sharing of the creator’s love.
Memorial contributions may be made to Lake Tahoe Community Presbyterian Church.