Norma (Hastings) Kelley

Norma A. (Hastings) Kelley, age 93, of Bolivia, NC, passed away on Sunday, July 4, 2021, at the Universal Healthcare Brunswick facility.

Born on May 1, 1928, in Warrensburg, NY, she was the daughter of the late Frederick and Mabel (Cilley) Hastings.

She was a 1946 graduate of Johnstown High School.

Norma was employed at the American Stores Acme Markets and the Jesuit Retreat House in Auriesville, NY. She was a member of the Faith Bible Church in Milbridge, ME. She had a lifelong love of music and played several instruments. In addition, she enjoyed photography and was a skilled seamstress noted for her many colorful quilts.

She was married to Galen James Kelley on April 29, 1990, until his passing on June 8, 2007.

Norma is survived by her children, Edward Sweeney of Leeds, NY, Alan Hess of Southport, NC, Frederick Hess of Little Falls, NY, John Hess of Amsterdam, NY; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In addition to her parents and husband, Norma was predeceased by her brothers, Loren, Lewis, Ralph and Ron Hastings; and her sister, Barbara Vogt.

A funeral service will be held on Monday, August 2, 2021, at 12 p.m. noon at the A.G. Cole Funeral Home Inc., 215 East Main Street, Johnstown.

Visitation for family and friends will be held prior to the service at the funeral home from 11 a.m. until 12p.m. noon.

Interment will be at FernDale Cemetery.

Memorial donations in Norma’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Eastern North Carolina Chapter (

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