Dora Bell


Mrs. Dora Saunders Zember Bell passed away in Keller on Aug. 5, 2023, at the age of 91. Dora was the daughter of George Willis Saunders and Emma Lewis Saunders and was born in Nassawadox on Sept. 21, 1931. In addition to her parents, Dora was predeceased by her husband, Johnie Earl Zember, as well as by her second husband, Robert Lee Bell. She was also predeceased by her brother, Tommy Saunders, and three sisters, Julia Belle Smith, Mary Williams, and Georgie Mae Stevens.

Dora worked in retail sales and as a CNA for many years to help support the raising of four children who now survive her: Bonnie Zember Nordstrom (and Ray), of Pocomoke City, Wanda Zember Custis (and Paul), of Nandua, Darlene Zember, of Davis Wharf, and Johnie E. Zember Jr., of Norfolk. A twin to Johnie passed away in infancy.

Her grandchildren are Joshua Nordstrom, of Pocomoke City, Sarah Nordstrom Gray (and Andrew), of Walnut Creek, Calif., Martha Nordstrom of Pocomoke City, Tisha Custis Henderson (and Jim), of Stafford, Ryan Custis (and Kathy), of Nandua, Erica Custis (and Berkley), of Wilmington, N.C., Johnie E. Zember III, of Virginia Beach, and Tyler Zember, of Virginia Beach. Her extended family includes eight great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, and other Shore relatives.

‘Nana Z’ loved the family’s good times, which often involved travel, country music, card games, and much laughter. Later in life she expressed great appreciation for the many good friends and caregivers who comforted her in such loving ways.

Funeral services were held at Hollies Baptist Church, in Keller, on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2023 at 2 p.m., with interment following on the seaside at the Quinby Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to Riverside Shore Hospice, P.O. Box 616, Onley, VA 23418.

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Arrangements were by the Williams-Onancock Funeral Home.

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