|Rachel J. Gibbs, age 91, of Rural Victoria, Illinois, died on Tuesday, October 25, 2011 at 5:38 A.M. at Galesburg Cottage Hospital, Galesburg, Illinois.
She was born on April 22, 1920 in Woodhull, Illinois to Oscar and Hulda Josephine Johnson. She was raised and educated in Woodhull, Illinois and graduated from Woodhull High School in 1938. She married Howard J. Gibbs on June 24, 1944 in Woodhull, Illinois. He preceded her in death on February 16, 2005.
Surviving are two sons: Gregg (Lynna) Gibbs of Pearland, Texas and Steve (Chris) Gibbs of Rural Victoria, Illinois. One daughter, Gloria (Tom) Marullo of Niles, Michigan. Three grandchildren, Erin (Evan) Chapman of Rosenburg, Texas, Benjamin Gibbs of Kansas City, Missouri, and Erica (Tim) Wetterhus of Winfield, Kansas.
She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, two brothers, two sisters and a grandson, Alex Gibbs.
She received her Teacher's Certificate from Macomb Normal School in 1940, and then completed her Bachelors Degree from Western Illinois University in 1968. She also received a Masters Degree in Regional Studies from Augustana College.
Rachel was a member of the Victoria Methodist Church.
Rachel and Howard Gibbs were very proud of helping start the Victoria Public Library.
Rachel taught school for almost 40 years. She loved teaching second grade, living on a farm, and all of her hobbies, including reading, spinning, raising her sheep, knitting, sewing and gardening--and all of the friends she met along the way.
She taught half of Knox County how to read, and the other half how to spin.
Funeral Services will be on Friday, October 28, 2011 at 2:00 P.M. at the Untied Methodist Church in Victoria, Illinois. Rev. Marty Briney Officiating. There will be a visitation at the church from 1:00 to 2:00 P.M. before the funeral. There will also be a visitation from 5:00 - 7:00 P.M. on Thursday, October 27, 2011 at the Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Homes & Crematory in Oneida, Illinois. Memorials may be made to the Victoria United Methodist Church or the Victoria Public Library. On-line condolences or sympathy cards may be sent through www.hurd-hendricksfuneralhomes.com