Marcia Ruth Gibbons, 93, of Bloomington, Ill., formerly of Highland and Vandalia, died on Monday, Jan. 11, 2016 at Martin Health Center in Bloomington.
Visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 14 at Evangelical United Church of Christ in Highland. A funeral service will immediately follow the visitation on Thursday at the church, with the Rev. Chris Hill, senior pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Fairlawn Cemetery in Vandalia. Arrangements are being handled by Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home in Bloomington.
She was born on March 6, 1922 in Vandalia to Rollin D. and Celia M. (Chandler) Porter. She married George H. Gibbons on Nov. 21, 1943 in Vandalia. He passed away Aug. 8, 1996.
Mrs. Gibbons graduated from Vandalia High School in 1940. She obtained her registered nurse (R.N.) designation from Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, Ind., in 1943.
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After graduation, she worked several years at the Mark Greer Hospital in Vandalia. In the late 1940s, she and her husband managed the Vandalia Airport, where he was a flight instructor, and she managed the airport restaurant.
After moving to Highland in 1950, she worked as a nurse at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland. She retired from nursing in 1977.
She enjoyed camping, fishing, boating and traveling. She was an avid reader.
She was a member of the Evangelical United Church of Christ and the Women’s Guild of the church. She was also an active member of the Order of the Eastern Star, where she had been a past matron. She was a member of the JOY Singers. She volunteered at the St. Joseph’s Hospital gift shop. During her residence at Highland Home, she was a member of the retirement facility’s Kitchen Band.
Mrs. Gibbons moved to Westminster Village Senior Living Center in Bloomington, Ill., in 2008 to be closer to her daughter and son. She enjoyed participating in many activities at Westminster Village.
Surviving are her children, Sandra K. (Steve) Flenner of Dublin, Ohio, Dorsey (Pam) Gibbons of Morton, Ill., and Patricia L. (Andrew) Luber of Carlock, Ill.; grandchildren, Brian (Tami) Flenner of North Canton, Ohio, Traci (Steve) Schutte of Columbus, Ohio, Dave (Carey) Gibbons of Peoria, Ill., Jessica (Eric) Rauch of Winfield, Ill., and Elizabeth (Brian) Meschewski of Urbana, Ill.; great-grandchildren, Kaleb and Samantha Flenner, Noah and Rachael Schutte, and Madeline Rauch; and a half-brother, Don (Jan) Porter of Lisle, Ill.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her step-mother, Fern Porter; a sister, Betty Don Porter; and her aunt who raised her, Jane Porter.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Evangelical United Church of Christ in Highland or to the Order of Eastern Star of Illinois Highland Chapter 524.