It was clear from our first meeting nearly 6 years ago that Norma was a Woman of Substance.
Bentley’s Hotel had just completed it’s first phase of a 5 year refurbishment program and was hosting an open evening for locals to see what all the fuss was about. Norma of course attended and from that moment on has been in our lives as a dear friend and business acquaintance ever since.
Norma reminds us so much of the time we worked with the Royal Household, she has a similar presence of character when she walks into a room to that of Her Majesty herself and we were comforted in that memory from the first time we had the pleasure of meeting with her.
It was very clear to us from the offset that this lady is indeed a fountain of knowledge that only the annuls of time will allow a person to absorb. Rarely does such a wise person retain the kindness of heart and tenderness of soul that Norma exudes in such abundance.
It came as little surprise to any of us when requesting volunteers to help start a Chamber of Commerce in our sleepy hollow of Osprey and Nokomis 3 years ago, that Norma would indeed throw herself into this business community venture. In doing so Norma promptly held court and offered a wealth of information as both she and Jack, her belated husband had been involved in the original Chambers way back in the 50’s and 60’s.
Norma is indeed a dear friend to all that know her and she has the ability to light up a room simply by standing in it. She is a fabulous lady with a heart of gold but do not be fooled, beneath the surface of this beautiful Centurion is indeed a business woman that can still represent you and ensure that your house purchase will complete in a timely and professional manner.
Norma you kindly opened your arms and greeted us with love, friendship and generosity of spirit when at first we landed at the shores of the Gulf of Mexico in our hotel adventure here at Bentley’s.
You have talked us through the hard times and encouraged us with your wealth of knowledge throughout , as a business owner in the area I speak for us all when I say thank you for all that you are and all that you have done for our community.
You truly are our Lady Norma Martin of Vamo, Opsrey and Nokomis.
Congratulations on your 100th Year and may you have many more birthday celebrations in the years to come.
We really do all love you Norma, God Bless…” Forever Young” Norma Martin.