Norma Jean Gillis

Service

Date: Tue, February 16, 2016
Start time: 10:00 am
Location:
First Baptist Church of Greater Des Moines
Address:
8250 NW 62nd Ave., Johnston
Arrangements By:
Merle Hay Funeral Home

Visitation

Date: Sun, February 14, 2016
Time: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location:
Merle Hay Funeral Home
Address:
4400 Merle Hay Road, Des Moines, Iowa 50310

Norma Jean Gillis

February 11, 1939 - February 11, 2016

Jean was born February 11, 1939 to the late Proctor & Mayme Allen. She was united in marriage to Doyle Gillis, Sr. on January 16, 1957. They worked and traveled around Illinois and Indiana before settling in central Iowa. After raising her family, Norma Jean worked several jobs before becoming the “best biscuit maker” at Hardee’s in Jefferson. She enjoyed her family and going for drives in the car.

 

She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Doyle Gillis, Sr; daughters: Patsy and Wilma; brothers: Elbert, Curtis, Joseph “Jay”, Morris, James “Buddy”, George, Alton, and Alvin; Sisters: Mary Lee, Lena Mae, Carrie, and Jewel.  She is survived by her children: Larry (Carol), Doyle Jr (Beverly), John (Tammy), Garry (Diana), Sussie (David), Shirley (Donny) & Don (Ziyadah); she is also survived by siblings: Virgil (Joyce) Allen, Sue Shaw & Dorothy (Bob) Hundley; 14 grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, five step grandchildren, ten step great-grandchildren, and one step great great-grandchild.

 

Memorial contributions may be given to the family.

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