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Norma M Gavin

November 03, 1931 - December 31, 2020

Norma M. Gavin left to be with Our Dear Lord on Dec. 31, 2020 in Spokane, WA, her home since 1955. Norma was born on Nov. 3, 1931 to Justo and Valeria Mangindin in Insidro Cabangan Zambales, Philippines. At 18 she left home to attend the University of Santo Tomas in metro Manila, where she graduated with degrees in Pharmacy and Medical Technology. In 1955 she came to Spokane as an exchange student at the Deaconess School of Medical Technology, where she was offered a permanent position to join their faculty. In 1965, she met her husband and best friend of 54 years, Michael J. Gavin. They were married, had two daughters and built an amazing life together. Norma achieved so much in her time here. While raising their family, she established the first Microbiology Laboratory at Rockwood Clinic, where she was employed for 13 years. With numerous other professional endeavors, Norma retirement in 1996 from Drs. Berndt and Gaddy Family Practice. Following her retirement, she worked tirelessly on the things that she loved. In 2015, Norma received the City of Spokane’s Spirit Award for her help in growing and expanding various social and humanitarian causes, including establishing the Filipino-American Association of the Inland Northwest and her service with the Associated Garden Club of Spokane and Friends of Manito. When she wasn’t volunteering, she thoroughly enjoyed working in her amazing and picturesque yard, as well as being an ever-present grandmother to her two grandsons. All of these things gave her immense joy and satisfaction, up until two months before her passing. She loved to travel and had numerous adventures with her husband and family. Her strength, positive attitude and enthusiasm for life influenced everyone around her. She was beautiful and inspiring, up until her last moments in this life. She will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her. She was an incredible wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She lives on in those who loved her. Norma is survived by her husband, Michael J. Gavin, daughters Teresa Gavin and Naomi Gavin and grandsons Gavin L. Wingate and Jackson Meyer. If you wish to make a donation in Norma’s name, the family is forever grateful to Hospice of Spokane, for helping to have her at home and surrounded by her family.


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