Norma Lee Pearson Gilbert Cardiff, 78, formerly of Orange passed away on Saturday, April 19, 2008 at her home in Bridge City.

Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, April 22, at Claybar Funeral Home Chapel in Orange. Officiating will be Rev. Nathan Cothen.

Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery in West Orange.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday, at the funeral home.

Cardiff was born on Nov. 23, 1929 in Chelsea, Mass. to W.O. “Tex” and Sadie (Eplin) Pearson.She spent most of her life in Orange and retired from Firestone in 1990.

Cardiff’s greatest joy was her family. Her love was sincere and abundant, and she brought happiness and warmth to all around her. Some of her passions included dancing, Christian and gospel music, traveling, and keeping in shape.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 36 years, Edwin E. Gilbert; husband, Val Tinney; grandson, Clinton Joel; and son-in-law, Scott Stout.

She is survived by her former husband and soulmate, Jerry Cardiff of Orange; sons, Mark Gilbert and wife, Dyan of Jackson Hole, Wyo. and Matthew Gilbert of Orange; daughters, Holly Giffin and husband, Mike of Beaumont and Winnie Stout of Austin; grandchildren, Amy Moore and Kurt Stout, both of Dallas and Sean Giffin of Beaumont; brother, Philip Pearson of Bremerton, Wash.; sisters, Dixie Reynolds, Linda Hyder, and Connie Adams, all of Bridge City.

Serving as pallbearers will be Kurt Stout, Sean Giffin, Chris Hyder, Greg Hyder, Richie Hyder, and Kasey Stephenson.

Honorary pallbearer will be Shep Shepherd.

Should friends desire, Memorial Contributions may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 2141 Rosecrans Ave, Suite 7000, El Segundo, CA 90245.“