Olive Jane Gibbs
Apr. 23, 1930 – Jun. 12, 2019
Olive Jane Gibbs, 89 of Willow City passed away Tuesday, June 12, 2019 at St. Andrew’s Medical Center in Bottineau. Funeral services were held at 11:00 am Thursday, June 20, 2019 in the First Lutheran Church in Willow City with Linda Wimmer and Wally Fretland officiating. Burial followed on Friday, June 21, 2019 at the North Dakota Veteran’s Cemetery in Mandan. Martha Larson was the organist. Casket
bearers were: Chad Gibbs, Maxx Snell Harrison Snell, Brandon Nehring, Izak Snell and Melinda Goodman Sorenson.
Olive Gibbs was born April, 23, 1930, in Barton, North Dakota, to George and Olga Saude Ness. Olive was a Barton High School graduate and earned her teaching degree from Minot State. On August 29, 1951 she was married to Chester Arlo Gibbs in Barton. Olive taught in Antler, several country schools in the Willow City area, and was a substitute teacher at Willow City High School. In addition to teaching, she worked at Ed’s U-Save and was a cook at Willow City Public School for 11 years. Her husband, Chester passed away on September 8, 2007.
Over her lifetime, Olive had a servant’s heart. She was an active member of First Lutheran Church in Willow City. Over the years, she served as a board member or president of the First Lutheran WELCA. Olive
was also a member of the Wilo Homemakers. Olive was instrumental in helping to create the Willow City Mission Quilters, an ecumenical group of ladies who spent the winter months quilting together. This was a year-long endeavor for Olive who spent all year cutting, piecing and sewing in preparation. In addition, Olive was a member of the Lyle B. Rich Legion Auxilary. Olive was the Unit Member of the Year for the state of North Dakota in 2013-2014 and also represented the state at the national convention that year for her service to her community and state. Over the years, Olive was a den mother for Cub Scouts and a 4-H leader.
Anyone who entered her home was welcomed with coffee and no one ever went away hungry. Olive loved quilting, baking, cooking, gardening and birds. She also loved country music and her and Chester spent many days at the ND State Fair enjoying concerts. Olive could often be found watching her favorite shows, Wheel of Fortune and Lawrence Welk. Everyone knew her greatest joy was found in her family and how proud she was of them. She will be remembered for her kindness, strength and loving heart. Olive fought a quiet and courageous battle with cancer for the last few years.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Chester.
She is survived by four children and their spouses, Charles and Luwanna Gibbs, of Grand Forks; Barbara Ann and Leland Goodman, and Colleen Kay and Kent Nehring, all of Willow City; and Paula Rae and
Henry Snell, of Summerville, SC; her grandchildren and their spouses, Chad and Jenni Gibbs, Melinda Goodman and Mike Sorenson, Mindy and Kenny Rude, Sally and Andy Grosgebauer, Brandon and Aimee Nehring, and Izak, Maxx, Sophie, Harrison and Sadie Snell; eight great grandchildren, Seren and Piper Gibbs, Abel Rude, Abigail and Annie Schauer, Everly Grosgebauer, and Aubrie and Ava Nehring and two sisters, Gertie Olson, and Helen Vollmer and a sister-in-law, Crystal Dolbeare.
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