Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Bette J. Gibbs, 89, died at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 19, 2011, at St. Joseph’s Nursing Home in Lacon.

Born Jan. 7, 1922, in Chillicothe to Eugene and Gladys Weber, she married Wayne L. Gibbs on June 22, 1946, in Chillicothe. He preceded her in death on Dec. 18, 1997.

Also preceding her in death were her brother, Jack Weber in 2007, and daughter, Joy “Jami” Dalton in 2006.

Surviving are one daughter, Jaci (Mark) Cealey; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
She was the first kindergarten teacher in Chillicothe. She taught 43 years, first at Pearce and later at North Grade Schools before retiring in 1984. During this time, she also spent a few years teaching girls junior high physical education.

She received her bachelor’s degree in Education from Illinois State University in Normal and was honored with several lifetime
teaching awards.

She was a member of the Chillicothe Red Hat and Historical societies. She was also a charter member of Pearce Community Center and volunteered there for many years.

A funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Edward Catholic Church in Chillicothe with the Rev. Walder officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Weber-Hurd Funeral Home in Chillicothe. An additional one hour visitation will be held prior to the funeral mass. Burial will follow at Chillicothe City Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, consider a memorial contribution to Illinois Valley Central District 321 Education Foundation (1300 W. Sycamore St., Chillicothe, Illinois 61523) Rescue 33 (PO Box 208, Chillicothe, Illinois 61523) or St. Joseph Nursing Home (401 9th St., Lacon, Illinois 61540) in Lacon, IL.  

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.weberhurdfuneralhome.com.