Norma Gayle Newsome Smith Obojtek
November 24, 1947 – April 11, 2019
Norma Gayle Newsome Smith Obojtek, age 71, of Columbus passed away on April 11, 2019. A visitation will be held on Monday, April 15, 2019 from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. at Striffler-Hamby Mortuary Columbus. A Celebration of Gayle’s Life will be held Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at Striffler-Hamby's Edgewood Hall at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be in Parkhill Cemetery. Gayle was born in Dothan, AL on November 24, 1947; the daughter of James Edward Newsome and Margaret Juanita Shaw Newsome. She graduated from Jordan High School and became a beautician. She continued her education and received her Nursing Degree from Columbus Technical College in 1982. She worked for St. Francis Hospital, Cuyahoga Falls Hospital, and Jack Hughston Hospital.
Gayle loved her Savior Jesus Christ and was a member of Edgewood Assembly of God. Through the years, Gayle’s faith was a source of strength to her. She was a caring and compassionate person who enjoyed serving others by doing things such as sitting with the sick, taking a meal to someone, being spiritually uplifting, or just giving someone a smile. Gayle loved to cook and trying new recipes was always exciting for her, and an adventure for her family too. Gayle often used humor as a way to enjoy the good times and soften the tough times. She loved entertaining others and would do all kinds of crazy things to get a laugh. She cherished her friends, enjoyed visiting with them, and going out to eat. She taught her children many things including integrity, compassion, independence, and perseverance.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Obojtek. Survivors include her daughters: Tammy (Lamar) Timmons, Tracie (Tony) Wilcurt; grandchildren, Desiree McAfee, Zachary Romeri, Joshua Land, Corey Timmons, Austin Timmons; two sisters: Delores Flemming, Nancy Jones; her Uncle Glen Newsome and Aunt JoAnne Brazell, three great grandchildren, and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.shcolumbus.com for the Newsome Smith Obojtek family.
- James Edward Newsome, Father
- Margaret Juanita Shaw Newsome, Mother
- Joseph Obojtek, Husband
- Tammy Timmons (Lamar), Daughter
- Tracie Wilcurt (Tony), Daughter
- Desiree McAfee, Grandchild
- Zachary Romeri, Grandchild
- Joshua Land, Grandchild
- Corey Timmons, Grandchild
- Austin Timmons, Grandchild
- Delores Flemming, Sister
- Nancy Jones, Sister
- Glen Newsome, Uncle
- JoAnne Brazell, Aunt
- Mrs. Obojtek also leaves behind three great grandchildren, many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends to cherish her loving memory.
- Visitation of family and friends Monday, April 15, 2019
- A Celebration of Gayle's Life Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Norma Gayle Newsome Smith Obojtek
April 18, 2019
Aunt Gayle was so special to me! I will never forget the summer we got to spend with you guys, she took us swimming, to church , I even remember the play that the kids group was putting on. I always loved her smile and loving heart! I wish we could have spent more time together but living on the other side of the states we couldn't. I love you Tammy and Tracie!
April 16, 2019
I was sorry to hear about your loss. My prayers are with you and your family.
In Christ Love
April 15, 2019
I remember Gail from my childhood friend Tammy. She use to cut our hair when we were kids and my Mom enjoyed her company while she was cutting our hair. She was the most sweetest woman I’ve met and she was always so happy when we were around her. I also remember spending the night over there with Tammy and was busy being a nurse then. I love you guys and am praying for y’all through this!! ❤️🙏🏻💕