Norma Jean Collins Gibson


Pastor Norma Jean Collins Gibson, 78, a resident of Mill Creek, went home to be in the presence of the Lord on Monday, March 23, 2020, at home surrounded by her loving husband and family.

Norma was born Saturday, June 21, 1941, in Cherry Falls, a daughter of the late Raymond Collins and Hazel Carpenter Collins.

On Jan. 5, 1958, in Mill Creek, she married Lonnie Paul Gibson, who survives at home. They had celebrated 62 years of marriage.

Also left to cherish her memory are five children, Catherine Gibson of Winchester, Virginia, Lonnie Gibson II and wife Donna of Huttonsville, Phyllis Doyle and husband Jeff of Mill Creek, Michael Gibson and fiancee Cindy Wamsley of Mill Creek, and Peggy Bertelli and fiance William Strickland of Lawton, Oklahoma, grandchildren, Mya, Westly, and Jasya Light, Lonnie Gibson III, Tiffany Helmick, Jeramiah White, Megan Bleigh, Sara Gibson, Brittany Gibson, and Jacob Bertelli, 31 great-grandchildren, seven siblings, Kenneth Collins and wife Margitta of Arizona, Maryanne Maher and husband Bob of California, Avis Collins and wife Deanne of Beverly, Velair Collins and wife Kathy of Elkins, Katherine Long and husband Ron of Maryland, Billy Collins, and Missy Steiger and husband Michael of Elkins.

Preceding Norma in death besides her parents was one daughter Julia Tumblin, one grandson, Shane Light, and three brothers, Ronald “Joe,” Melvin, and Milton Collins.

Norma had been employed by Beta Shoe Co., Reidboard Brothers, Family Health, Beverly Restaurant, and Randolph County Schools as a bus driver before she began to fulfill her calling to the ministry. She was Pentecostal by faith and the pastor of Light of the Valley Church in Mill Creek. Norma’s life was one of service and dedication to the Lord, her family, and taking care of others. She was many things to many people including counselor, life coach, prayer warrior, and best friend. Norma loved to cook and believed that preparing food for others was an act of love. Even though she loved to cook, she made it known that she prayed to God that when he calls her home, please don’t put her in the kitchen in Heaven.

Visitation will be private. A funeral service will be conducted Friday, March 27. Pastor A.H. Belt will officiate and interment will follow in Mill Creek Cemetery.

The Randolph Funeral Home and Cremation Services has been entrusted with the arrangements for Pastor Norma Jean Collins Gibson. Send online condolences to the family at www.therandolphfuneralhome.com.