Norma Jean Belyea
We regret to announce the passing of Norma Jean Belyea (Bonnell), a long time and active resident of Fredericton. She is survived by her husband Philip Belyea, daughter Karen Glowa of Grande Prairie, AB, Granddaughter Jennifer Glowa (John) Miller, and Great Granddaughters Regan and Caileigh of Trail, BC. She is also mourned by her step-sons-by-affection Gordon (Louise) Belyea and their daughters Hannah and Rebekah and Bruce (Rita Lukasik) Belyea of Ottawa. She is also survived by many treasured cousins in New Brunswick and Maine.
Born in Jacquet River, NB, the daughter of the late Russell A. Bonnell (b. Mouth of Keswick) and Margaret Georgie Parker (Archibald) Bonnell (b. Belledune) she was quickly hustled home to Fredericton where she spent most of her life except to travel and then move to Ottawa with her husband Phil.
Norma Jean loved activities. A cheerleader in FHS, she was an avid tennis player and curler. She loved to dance and to travel. Those travels took her to Hawaii and Alaska, South America, the Caribbean, England, Europe from Norway to the Mediterranean, Asia Minor and of course Canada and the US, But above all she loved her family and would visit them whenever she could.
Also among her travels were those related to the Order of the Eastern Star, an international Womens’ organization, the largest to which both women and men may belong. Norma Jean was a member for over 60 years and attained many major positions and honours. She was a member of Celestial Chapter No. 3 of Fredericton and became Worthy Matron. She was appointed several times as Representative to and from many other jurisdictions. She was appointed as General Grand Chapter Committee Member, and lastly as Ambassador to Mindanao in the Philippines.
She was a working girl and worked in several engineering/construction offices as accountant and office manager. However, her main pride was with Neill & Gunter, the home grown firm that became a giant. She retired to marry her teen-age love and in the end they both retired to Fredericton to live happily there.
Norma Jean kept one aspect of her life and character hidden from the rest of the world. Over the years she donated large amounts to mostly local charities, churches and causes and never told or claimed credit for those deeds. She was a truly good Christian person.
Visitation is at McAdam's Funeral Home, York Street, Fredericton from 2-4, on Tuesday, August 31st, followed by an Eastern Star and regular Funeral Service. For those unable to attend the service, a live stream can be viewed at the following link: https://vimeo.com/594762675 Following her generosity, we would ask that anyone wishing to donate would consider a local cause in need.