Museum became her passion
Wilda Vesta Gibbon joined her beloved Earl on May 14, 2015, age 89, at the Stettler Hospital surrounded by her children and grandchildren.
Wilda was born August 18, 1925, the third of the five children of William and Vesta Schreiber who farmed south of Stettler. Wilda was inspired to be a teacher, entering Normal School at 16 years of age with her first teaching assignment in northern Alberta. She later taught at Union Hall, Nevis and Erskine schools and many learned “See Dick run, see Jane run” from Wilda. It was with determined resolve and sacrifice that she attended summer school and night school and was awarded her B.Ed in 1975.
On September 15, 1944, she married RCAF airman Earl Gibbon and they purchased a farm south of Nevis. To this union was born the twins, Bob and Bill (1947) and Brenda (1961). Wilda opened her home as a sanctuary for many children and provided love, guidance and tutelage to many.
Wilda and Earl sold the Nevis farm and moved to Stettler in 1972. After teaching for 36 years Wilda retired in 1980 and together she and Earl went fishing the lakes of Alberta and visiting relatives in Canada and the United States. They spent 15 winters in Yuma, Arizona, making many new friends and enjoying new adventures.
The Stettler Museum became her new passion in life. She accepted the mantle of Curator and Historian and helped expand and organize the museum and was still working on history notes while in hospital.
Wilda is predeceased by her husband Earl (2005) and her siblings Gladys (Anderson), Irene (Woodfin) and Charlie Schreiber. She is survived by her sister Jean Brown (Jim), sons Bob of Nevis, Bill in Vancouver, Wa., daughter Brenda Johnson (Ken) of Acme Ab., grandchildren Amber (Zach) of Ashland, Or., Sheena (Dave), Vancouver, BC, and Tim Johnson (Natasha), Calgary Ab. and great grandchildren, Esme and Cedar Barnes of Ashland Oregon.
In her passing, Wilda leaves to mourn many relatives, nephews, nieces and friends.
Funeral services will be held at the Stettler United Church on Monday, June 1, 2015 at 3 pm.
The family asks that memorial donations go to the Stettler Town and County Museum 403-742-4534
Stettler Funeral Home & Crematorium and Parkview Funeral Chapels is entrusted with care and arrangements 403-742-3422.