Donna Lorraine Gibson
March 26, 1930 – September 9, 2018
Donna Lorraine Andersen Gibson died September 9, 2018 in Spokane, WA after a short illness. She was 88 years old. A truly gentle soul, Donna exemplified a life of loving kindness and compassion. "Bless your heart" was a favorite phrase, reflecting her positive outlook, care for others and inner faith. Born in Palermo, ND, March 26, 1930, she subsequently lived in Montana and Idaho before settling in Spokane. Donna graduated from Priest River High School and Seattle Pacific College (now University). A gifted educator, her long teaching career included five years in Latah, WA and 25 years in Spokane before retiring in 1981. She was among the favorite teachers of two generations of first graders. An accomplished musician, she played piano and organ and for many years was the organist at First Free Methodist Church in Spokane, where she also served as treasurer and taught Sunday School. With her husband Floyd -- known as Gib -- Donna was active in Gideons International and a member of Spokane and statewide education associations. Although she was soft-spoken, she had a sharp sense of humor, was quick to laugh and embraced life. While dating Gib, a widower, she sometimes arrived on her motorcycle. They married in 1971. Together they traveled the Pacific Northwest while actively serving their community. Donna is survived by sister-in-law Roxie Andersen, Kooskia, ID; sister Marilyn Chleborad (Dick) of Louisville, KY; stepson Richard (Mary Susan), Des Moines, IA; stepdaughter Barbara Hardy (Ron), Twin Falls, ID; grandchildren Matt Allen (Claire), Amanda Moore (Don), Joe Allen and Katie Gibson Overby (Walter); as well as seven great-grandchildren; nephews Jack Andersen and Grant Chleborad and niece Lora Lee Wicks (Rob). She was pre deceased by husband Floyd; brother Loren Andersen; parents Lester Andersen and Zona Stone; step-parents Mary Andersen and Barney Stone; and grandson Joshua Gibson, MD. Visitation will be held Friday, September 21, 2018, from 1-5 p.m. at Ball & Dodd Funeral Home, 5100 W Wellesley, Spokane, WA, with a service Saturday, September 22, 2018, at 10 a.m. at First Free Methodist Church, 1725 W Courtland, Spokane, WA. Burial at West Bonner Cemetery, Priest River, ID will follow. Memorials may be made to First Free Methodist Church or Gideons International.
- Jack Anderson, Casket Bearer
- Matt Allen, Casket Bearer
- Joel Allen, Casket Bearer
- Ron Hardy, Casket Bearer
- Richard Gibson, Casket Bearer
- Rev. Michael Holland, Honorary Bearer
- Visitation Friday, September 21, 2018
- Funeral Service Saturday, September 22, 2018
- Graveside Service Saturday, September 22, 2018
Donna Lorraine Gibson
September 16, 2018
Donna was my 1st & 2nd grade teacher in Latah. She was a very loving, kind and caring person. Valerie Hughes and I had the privilege of taking her down to Latah to the school a few years ago - they renovated it! She had a wonderful time with so many memories. A few years ago we had a gathering for her and many of her former students in Latah. It was a blessing to see her enjoy herself remembering and visiting with all of us. I will always remember her and the visits I had with her at her house and praying with her the last time I was there. She was truly a special lady and she touched many many lives. She is now in heaven and I look forward to seeing her again some day! Love you "Miss Anderson".