Norma Lee Gayan | Riverbend Obituaries

Norma Lee Gayan, 73, of East Alton, passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 27, 2022 at 10:08 p.m. with her family singing her favorite gospel songs.

She was born on April 6, 1949 in Bertrand, MO to Daniel “Dan” and Virginia (Harper) McPherson. She married Robert “Bob” Gayan on March 17, 1967 at First General Baptist Church in Wood River. He preceded her in death.

Norma worked as a home care LPN. She was a member of Connect Christian Church, in which she was very active. Norma was an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals. She loved spending time with her family and friends, especially her grandchildren.

Survivors include their children Gwendolyn (Brian) Garland of Wood River, Bobbie Nowlin of East Alton and Robert Gayan Jr. of East Alton; grandchildren, Alyssa (Josiah) Smith of Springfield, MO, Jacob Garland of Wood River, Nathan Garland of Wood River, Brandon Nowlin of East Alton, and John Nowlin of East Alton; great-grandchildren, Jesse Hammons and Chase Nowlin; Siblings Danny (Janie) McPherson of Sikeston, MO and Mike (Pam) McPherson of Bethalto; and nieces and nephews, Justin (Danielle) McPherson of Godfrey, Jimmy (Donna) McPherson of New Jersey, Debi (Matt) Baker of Sikeston, MO, Tammie McPherson of Sikeston, MO, and David McPherson of Alton.

Along with her parents and husband Bob, she was preceded in death by a sister and brother-in-law, Linda and Don Gross; a niece, Karissa McPherson, and a nephew, Jared McPherson.

The viewing will take place on Tuesday, November 1, 2022 from 4pm to 7pm at Connect Christian Church in South Roxana and will continue on Wednesday, November 2, 2022 from 10am until the 11am service. Pastor Dan Smith will officiate. Burial will be in Woodland Hills Cemetery in East Alton. The funeral home Elias, Kallal and Schaaf in Bethalto is responsible for the organization.

Memorials may be erected at Connect Christian Church.

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