Norma Gosnell 1933-2023
Norma Louise (“Lee”) Gosnell, 90, of Upper Arlington, passed away in hospice Sunday, July 16, 2023, after a long illness and a short one. She was preceded in death by her parents, Roger and Edna Hall, her husband, William (“Bill”) Gosnell, and her brother, Donald (“Bo”) Hall, as well as in-laws Bill Pinkerton, Mariana Gosnell and Margaret Rudy.
Lee is survived by her son, Scott Gosnell, sister, Irma Pinkerton and brothers Bill (Gayle) and Jack (Sophie) Hall. She was a devoted aunt to her nephews and nieces: Kelly (Pat), Karen (Mike), Steve (Lannie), Kathy, Danielle (Chad) and Kim (Charles); Doug (Debbie), Steve (Linda), and Kathy (Phil); and great-aunt to her many grand nephews and nieces. She was also a kind interim mom to all those, younger and older, who were in need of it.
Lee was a 1952 graduate of Linden-McKinley High School. After graduation, she worked for the State of Ohio before opening her own business, the Lee Hall School of Dance, where she taught ballet, tap and jazz.
Lee met her husband Bill when both became members of the recently opened Swim and Racquet Tennis Club; they would go on to become club champions in mixed doubles, to remain lifelong partners in tennis and in life, to celebrate the birth of their son, Scott, and to celebrate their fiftieth wedding anniversary. She enjoyed working in her garden, which received an award from the City of Upper Arlington, and particularly loved the daylilies, irises, roses and hostas which Bill gave her at every anniversary.
She believed that one day was too short for most holidays and would celebrate birthdays for a week, Halloween and the Fourth of July for five days apiece, and Christmas for as long as possible on either side of Christmas Day itself. She liked to eat dessert last and open her Christmas presents last, to her son’s great annoyance, because she preferred the pleasure of watching other people’s joy. She was tremendously humble and would rather have been the source of attention rather than its object; that extended to her funeral, where being the center of attention seemed like the worst thing about it, even more so than the dying part.
She was a fifty-seven-year member of First Community Church in Marble Cliff, where the memorial service will be held on August 4th, 2023 at 1PM in Burkhardt Chapel. We miss her very much.
In lieu of sending flowers, please plant a flower or tree in your own garden, play a set of tennis, dance, or be kind to a nearby child in memory of her.