Norma Ailene Gambrell
Norma Ailene Gambrell
  • January 3, 1928 - May 11, 2017
  • Williamsburg, Virginia

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Let us tell you about our mom. 89 years ago this past January, Norma Ailene Lee Gambrell was born to Willie & Myrtle Lee in Corbin, Kentucky. She was the baby in her family with three older brothers & one sister, all deceased. Mom married her high school sweetheart Harry. They set up house & were blessed with a son Harry Lee & two daughters Judy & Janie before being transferred by their employers at A & P Store. We moved to Hampton, Virginia & welcomed another daughter, Tammy. Moving to Newport News, Virginia the house grew smaller with the addition of baby Susie. We all attended Northampton Church of Christ & made many lifelong friends. Her skill in cooking was evident in the many requests that came from everyone. She was known for her cakes, pies & banana pudding but we all had our favorites that she never failed to supply. The family moved to Williamsburg in 1965 where we quickly became active members of Williamsburg Christian Church.
As our immediate family grew, son Harry had three sons: Michael, (father to Dakota Meyer); Robb, (married Sarah & they have Lola & Kai); & Jeff. Judy married Robert Taylor of North Carolina & have Robin & David (married Bethany & gave us Colby, Mack & Levi). Janie fell in love with Charles Heishman & they happily share Adam (married Beth & have Allison & Mackenzie), Casey (married Andy Luders & have Matt, Noah & Aaron), Stephanie Lanier, Stoney & Logan. Tammy married Jim Kennedy & have one son, Jeremy. Susie married Alvin Waltrip & have two sons Danny (married to Erin & have Gabriel & Mikayla), Brad (father to Carson), & Andrea (married Forrest Goalder). On May 11, 2017, Mom has now joined our Daddy Harry & their great granddaughter, Genevieve Waltrip.
During these years we grew very active with our church family. Mom taught us to see the needs of others & help whenever possible. She instilled Christian values & in her final time on Earth, these same Christian friends returned blessings in full.
Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, May 21 with visitation at 2:00 pm, services to follow at 3:00 pm at Williamsburg Christian Church, 200 John Tyler Lane, Williamsburg, VA 23185. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Williamsburg Christian Church (please designate your donation as it will go to help with the Christian Relief Fund, Kenya Africa, where mom sponsored an orphaned child). Online condolences may be shared with the family at