Norma Brown

Norma Brown (Gibbs)

Tuesday, July 1st, 1930 - Sunday, May 10th, 2020
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Norma Gibbs Brown, born July 1, 1930. Died May 10, 2020. Norma was a warm and determined woman. She met her beloved husband Bill when he saw her walking on the beach in a green swimsuit and talked a friend into introducing them. It was the beginning of a love affair which saw them through a 70-year marriage. Together they raised four children. Randi (Charles) Gurian, David (Joyce) Brown, Gayle Malvin, and Steven (Marla) Brown. Norma doted on their eight grandchildren, Lisa Malvin, Michael (Leah) Malvin, Scott, Robbie, Jordan, Jason and Dylan Brown and Josh (Perrin) Gurian. She was the adored sister of Sheldon (Linda) Gibbs (the late Leah Gibbs) and beloved sister-in-law of Vivian Brown (the late Herb) Rosengard. She loved and was loved by her nieces and nephews as well as her many friends. Norma was the best friend to have. She was always available to provide support, to laugh, or to play a killer round of bridge. Among her many accomplishments, she took pride in achieving the status of Bridge Life Master. Norma was politically active and served in multiple leadership roles in a variety of civic organizations. When she and her beloved Bill moved to The Vi, she became an active member of the community. Norma was committed to learning. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Bill and Norma Brown Fund for Lifelong Learning at Temple Jeremiah, 937 Happ Road, Northfield IL, 60093. Private graveside services are necessary, however family and friends who cannot attend the funeral can watch live on Wednesday May 13th at 10 AM on Norma’s webpage at Info Mitzvah Memorial Funerals 630-MITZVAH (630-648-9824), or
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  • Graveside-family only, livestream watching available

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Patti Resch-Marsh

Posted at 05:56pm
Shalom, Prayers, Comfort and Joy in the beautiful memories, to all the Family. What a beautiful Funeral and tribute. Thank you for sharing.

Donna Johnson

Posted at 03:33pm
My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Brown family. Norma was an incredibly thoughtfully and kind lady. I am lucky to have known her and consider a friend. I am deeply saddened by her passing but I know her bright spirit will forever be remembered.

Al Brunner

Posted at 11:25am
Patsy and I send our deepest condolences to Mr. Brown and the rest of the family. I remember Norma welcoming us to the ALP events back in the day , always asking how our children were doing ,and how they were progressing on their educational goals. She will be missed by all REST IN PEACE NORMA. Al And Patsy Brunner .

Susan Brody

Posted at 12:26pm
We are so fortunate and grateful to have known Norma. We came to know her best during the Temple's Cuba trip, and we have cherished her and Bill's friendship ever since. Norma was the quintessential role model for us all. If it can ever be said that we are even half the wonderful parent, spouse, friend, and human being that she was, we indeed will be proud. Our heartfelt condolences to the entire Brown family. We hope that these few thoughts may bring you some small measure of comfort at this difficult time.
With love, big hugs, and a very special, "hip, hip, hooray!"
Susan Brody and Robbie Mack

Dayna Bender

Posted at 12:25pm
So many wonderful memories of Norma. One of my favorites was talking about curly haircuts, and my then little boys loving the mirrored bathroom at Hibernia! Thank you for so many meals and family events with the Browns that we were honored to share. xoxo Dayna, Jack and Sam

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