Resident Spotlight: Norma Chamblee Bentley


Posted by Kia Crawford on May 14th, 2012 in Dunwoody, GA | No Comments

Norma was born in Griffin, Georgia in 1934. Norma wakes up each day and thanks God for another day.normabentley

Norma began studying ballet at the age of 5 and continued using these talents throughout her life. Always a good student, she loved learning, is an avid reader and lover of poetry.

She attended Agnes Scott College for Women, transferred to the University of Georgia to complete her degree in Speech Pathology. In her senior year of college, Norma attended a dance at the KA House.  Tommy Bentley asked her to dance. Norma accepted and asked Tommy to “hold her gloves”. Norma left one glove in his pocket so he would have to return it. They fell in love and married 6 months later.

Norma was quite busy with 3 children very close in age. At one point each of children were attending 3 different schools, Pace, Lovett & Marist. Carpooling became an art. Volunteering with the P.T.A. and Junior League were also part of Norma’s busy life. Working with the Speech School of Atlanta, Norma taught deaf children to dance for an annual fundraisers held at the Alliance Theater.

Upon obtaining her master’s degree, Norma worked with the Atlanta Public Schools, and then with a consulting firm for the State of Georgia.

Norma’s prayer, “Lord, keep me in the palm of your hand, every good and perfect gift comes from the Lord.”

Norma enjoys many friends at Dogwood Forest’s senior living community here in Dunwoody, GA. She is a member of our book club and loves the social aspects of community living. She always has a welcoming smile and a listening ear, and lifts the spirits of those around her.