LISBON – Norma Joyce McMillan Nulf, 92, of Lisbon, died peacefully in her sleep Thursday, March 14, 2013. She was the daughter of the late Robert H. McMillan Sr. and Rubye Poe McMillan and was born July 6, 1920 in Bon Ami, LA. The family moved to Signal, Ohio in 1922 and she lived nearby for the remainder of her life.
She married George W. Nulf on Sept. 7, 1940. They were married 59 years at the time of his death, Feb. 4, 2000.
She is survived by two daughters; Anita Magill of San Leon, Texas, and Sue Ann (Charles) Strobel of Leetonia; grandsons Shawn (Julie) Magill, Geoffrey (Lori) Magill and Timothy (Kandy Johnson) Strobel, all of Leetonia; granddaughter Tracey (Joel) Hays of Park Rapids, Minn.; great-grandchildren Nicholas Magill of Canfield, Andrew and Daniel Magill of Leetonia, and Joshua, Jacob and Rebecca Hays of Park Rapids, Minn. She also leaves two sisters-in-law, Dorothy (George) Cope of East Palestine and Oleta McMillan of Hampton, Va., along with several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Robert H. McMillan, Jr.
Norma was a retired teacher, having taught 37 years in the Elkton and Lisbon school systems. Those of her students who were inspired to teach because of her influence will long remember her love of teaching.
She was a member of East Fairfield United Methodist Church where she sang in or directed the choir for over 60 years. During her membership at EFUMC Norma also taught Sunday school, was a camp counselor, Lakeside Delegate, vacation Bible school teacher, committee member, Bible study leader, and participated in many other church functions. She was an active member and former officer of Lisbon Music Study Club, Monday Club, Signal Civic Club, Signal Community Club, Columbiana County Retired Teachers, and Lisbon Historical Society. She also sang in Lisbon Community Chorus, as well as various other musical groups. She participated in the annual Relay for Life each summer and had started her exercise program in order to be ready for this year’s “walk.”
She spent her life enjoying her family, traveling overseas, reading and music, and every day began by solving all the puzzles in the newspaper. Norma tended to her own two-acre lawn, as well as planting all the flowers and tomato plants she loved. Norma also made time to visit those in area nursing homes to help brighten their days. Her passing will leave quite a void in her family, church family and community.
Calling hours will be held Wednesday, March 20, 2013, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at Warrick-Kummer-Rettig Funeral Home in Columbiana, with the funeral service at East Fairfield United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. on Thursday, with the family receiving friends an hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in East Carmel Cemetery, Rogers.
Monetary donations may be made to the Music Fund at East Fairfield United Methodist Church.
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