Norma Avery

Norma Craven Tomley Avery, 91, of Elkins, died Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, at Colonial Place in Elkins.

She was born Dec. 31, 1921, in Tallmansville, a daughter of the late Cecil and Eula Fern Craven.

On July 6, 1943, she married Peter Tomley, who preceded her in death on Oct. 25, 2001.

On Sept. 20, 2003, she married Roy Avery, who preceded her in death on March 19, 2009.

She is survived by one brother, Darius Craven and wife, Jean, of Tallmansville; three nieces, Linda Mathias and husband, David, of Elkins, Diane Shipman and husband, Don, of Lorena, Texas, and Barbara Kerns and husband, Carroll, of Buckhannon; two stepdaughters; one stepson; two great-nieces, Amy Arthur and husband, Jay, of Morgantown, and Samantha Shipman of Lorena; one great nephew, Isaac Shipman of Lorena and one great-great nephew, Ryan Arthur of Morgantown.

Mrs. Tomley graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan College in 1943 and also was an administrative assistant for The Associated General Contractors of America. She attended Pohick Church in Alexandria, Va. She was a former member of the Mt. Vernon Yacht Club in Alexandria.

The family would like to send a special thanks to Mountain Hospice and Colonial Place in Elkins.

A memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, in the Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Tallmansville with the Rev. Billee Scott Mick officiating. Online condolences may be made to the family at

Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.