Barbara Jean Gibb, 86, Gering
Barbara Jean Gibb, 86 year-old, longtime resident of Gering NE, died peacefully Thursday, November 7, at the home of her granddaughter, Valorie Fankhauser (Dustin) following a courageous struggle with colon cancer.
Graveside services for family and friends will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, November 15 at West Lawn Cemetery in Gering NE with Pastor Tim Hebbert officiating. Eastern Star Sunflower Chapter #214 will also provide an honorary memorial service at that time.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made in Barbara's name to the Panhandle Humane Society in Scottsbluff, NE. Tributes of sympathy may be left at www.geringchapel.com. Arrangements are being made by Gering Memorial Chapel.
Barbara Jean was born, August 14, 1927 in McCool Junction, NE to Floyd Morris and Halcyon Florence (Shaw) Wilcox.
After graduating from Gering High School in 1945, she moved to Ogden Utah where she was a civil servant, English-Spanish interpreter at Hill Air force Base. She returned to Gering and was married there on February 7, 1948 to Guy Turner Gibb. In 1958, Barbara and Guy adopted Guy's nephews Clyde Eugene (11), Thomas Alexander (Tommy) (10), and Robert Allen (Al) (5). On April 6, 1962 a son, William Curtis Gibb (Curt) was born to the couple.
Barbara went to work as a telephone operator for United Telephone in 1952. She worked her way up to Systems Manager and Consultant to some of the largest accounts in the region. She spent 37 very happy years in the telephone business; all through the sale and merger of the post-United Telephone era. She retired from the phone company in 1989 to help take care of her grandchildren. After the four grandchildren (two sets of twins) were in school, she began working part-time from home. Later she worked for Sykes, Alco and Sun-Mart. Then she became employed with Wal-Mart and worked there in the seafood department until summer 2013.
She was a longtime member of The Order of Eastern Star. She was initiated into Scotts Bluff Chapter #133 on November 1, 1989. Barbara served as Worthy Matron of Scotts Bluff Chapter #133 in Gering from 1995-2002. She was also a past Grand Representative from Nebraska to the state of South Dakota. She remained a member of Sunflower Chapter #214, Mitchell, until her death.
Barbara had many hobbies, including gardening, writing poetry and more. But none was as enjoyable for her as painting wooden ducks and donating them to Ducks Unlimited to auction off as fund raisers. She was extremely skilled and exacting. And many people in several states own her work.
She loved Jesus with all her heart and loved helping people in need. She adored her family and enjoyed nothing more than having Sunday dinner with the family sharing stories from the past. She was an avid lover of all God's animals and always had dogs and cats. It seemed stray animals headed directly for the Gibb home. Barb adopted several animals over the years from the Panhandle Humane Society. And her desire was to have donations in her name be made to that facility upon her death, and in lieu of flowers.
Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, Floyd M. and Halcyon F. Wilcox, two sons, Clyde E. Gibb (Carol), and William C. Gibb (Lynn Prickett), her sister, Lita Ann Smith, her husband of 46 years - Guy T Gibb and brother-in-law Gaylin Vernon Gibb.
She is survived by two sons, Thomas Alexander Gibb of Scottsbluff and Robert Allen (Patricia) of Deer Lodge MT, brother Robert Shaw Wilcox (Marcia) of Cheyenne WY, sister, Jane Kay Terry of Denver CO, grandchildren, Quentin Turner Gibb (Samantha) of North Glenn CO, Valorie May (Val) Fankhauser (Dustin) of Gering, Katelyn Ann (Katy) Gibb or Morrrill, NE, Malinda Elaine (Mindy) Anderson (Mike) of Ft Hood, TX, great grandchildren Hunter Curtis, Grace Marie and Marissa May Fankhauser, Phoenix Jolee and William Archer Gibb, Thomas James Carter, Hope Lynn and Landon Mikel Anderson and Zachariah (Zach) and Zebedee (Zeb) Gibb along with several nieces, nephews and cousins.
The Gibb's were a well-known family in "the valley." And Barbara leaves behind a treasure trove of friends.
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