Norene Lee Gilbert
It is with great sadness that the family of Norene Gilbert announces her passing after a hard-fought battle with cancer, on Thursday Sept. 21, 2017, at home surrounded by her loved ones.
Norene was the eldest daughter of Curtis and Renee Gilbert of Custer.
She graduated from Ferndale High School in 1969, then moved to Seattle where she attended Peterson Business College. She became a LoLa Hallowell Model and earned many titles during her modeling and pageant career. She moved to Arlington Texas, then to Los Angeles California while working for American Airlines for the rest of her adult life. She traveled the world, but stayed the "small town girl" in her heart and head.
Norene loved her family and friends with a passion. She was a loving and kind person that put others before herself and was always there to offer help when needed.
Norene is preceded in death by her father Curtis, nephew James Brown, brother-in law Paul Hettervig and her grandparents. She will be lovingly remembered by her mother Renee Gilbert of Custer, sisters Cheryl (Rick) Moore, Nancy (Chris) Secrist, Janice Hettervig, Valerie (Marc) Hendrickson and Diana (Kevin) Brown, her brother Curtis (Jeri) Gilbert, 12 nieces & nephews, 10 great-nieces and nephews, her two god-sons and the many, many "adopted" loved ones.
We will honor her on Sunday Oct 1, 2017 with graveside services at Haynie Cemetary in Custer at 1:30 pm, followed by Services and a Celebration Of Life beginning at 3 pm at the Sunrise Baptist Church in Custer.