With heavy hearts, the Williams and Sayour families are saddened to announce the sudden passing of Norma A. Shaia Sayour of Laguna Woods, California on Sunday evening, September 3rd.
Norma was born in 1941 in Cleveland, Ohio to Mr. and Mrs. Norman Shaia. She graduated from Beaumont High School in 1959 and attended John Carroll University where she received a degree in Elementary Education. She taught 6th grade after graduating from college.
A year later she married John Sayour and moved to Bay Ridge in Brooklyn, New York where she began to raise her family. She loved Brooklyn and always bragged about watching the Verrazano Bridge being built. She and her family later moved to Rye, New York in Westchester County where her children attended school. She was very active in the local community and was a member of the Westchester Country Club where she could always be found on the tennis court or the golf course.
In the early nineties, Norma, and her daughter Laura, moved to Los Angeles to be closer to her 2 brothers and sister. She joined the Fred Sands real estate office and over a 25-year period received numerous awards as an outstanding sales person. In 1992 she just happened to meet an acquaintance from Connecticut in Ralph’s Supermarket in Studio City. She and Tony Williams stayed together for the next 31 years. They lived in Santa Monica and Marina del Rey.
She was very active once they moved to Laguna Woods in 2017. Norma retired and began to play golf regularly. She was the past president of the Nine Hole Women’s Golf Club in 2022. She also enjoyed playing bridge and poker with friends. She belonged to a book club and also loved painting and was a student of opera. She had an innate ability to light up any room she walked into. Her personality was infectious from the moment you met her. She had a heart of gold and would do just about anything for anyone and was loved by all who met her. She made many dear friends in Laguna Woods. All of her children’s friends just loved her. They always treated her as one of their own.
Norma is survived by her husband Tony and her 3 children, John, Laura and Christopher and her brother Ken. Also her 6 grandchildren, John, Kathryn, Jake, Emma, Shia and Ella. She was predeceased by her brother Bob and sister Karen. In addition to her immediate family she is survived by many cousins, in-laws, nieces and nephews. Her wish was to be cremated right away and her ashes scattered into the Pacific Ocean. She was a Pisces and the waters of southern California were her second home. In lieu of flowers, any donations can be given to the American Cancer Society in her name.
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