Edna Arlene (Sulser) Gibson (June 26, 1920 — July 17, 2017)
Edna Arlene (Sulser) Gibson was born on June 26, 1920, on a farm near Coin, Iowa. She died at Windsor Manor in Shenandoah, Iowa, on July 17, 2017. Her life growing up on the farm, where she enjoyed working outside with her father and playing with her dog, Jigs, was enriched by friendships with cousins who lived on neighboring farms.
Arlene was married to Philip Quentin Gibson on January 20, 1945, at her parent’s home near Coin, Iowa. Quentin was serving in the United States Navy at the time of their marriage, and when World War II ended, they returned to the family farm north of Coin, where they lived together over 60 years. Arlene lived out her chosen role as a “homemaker” in the truest sense of the word, creating a loving home environment for her family and welcoming to each of her homes generations of extended family and friends. She was a member of the Coin United Presbyterian Church and later the First Presbyterian Church of Shenandoah. Arlene and Quentin enjoyed traveling to sightsee and visit family and friends. Interests during her years on the farm included reupholstering furniture (including reclining chairs), tearing down two houses (removing nails and stacking the used lumber), and picking gooseberries (climbing over gates and under fences in search of a good patch).
Arlene was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, her son-in-law Bill Gilmore, her two sisters and all of her in-laws.
She is survived by her son Philip Gibson (Mary Anne) of Coin, Ia., and granddaughter Sarah (Jay) Rhoten and great-granddaughters Skye, Sienna and Sibley of Pella, Ia; her daughter Rita Gilmore of Clarinda, Ia., and grandson Van (Molly) Gilmore and great-granddaughters Zoey, Beau and Kemper of Clarinda, Ia.; her son Mark Gibson (Rosa O’Leary) of Glenwood Springs, Co., and Rosa’s son David (Lindsey) O’Leary and children Jude and Cia of San Diego Ca., and daughter Kate O’Leary and children Soroush, Makayla, Evelyn, David and Emily of Glenwood Springs, Co.; many very special nieces and nephews and their children and families, and a host of friends, young and old.
Memorial services were held in Shenandoah, Iowa, with inurnment in Coin, Iowa. Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at http://www.hackettlivingston.com. Services entrusted to Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home of Shenandoah, Iowa.
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