Nelda Gibbs, 92, Weston, a Plainfield native, died Sunday, May 22, 2016, while under Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 31, at Peace United Church of Christ in Schofield, with Pastor Tom Williams officiating. Burial will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday in the Plainfield Cemetery in Plainfield.
Visitation will be at the church from 9 a.m. Tuesday until the service.
Contributions may be made to one of her favorite
organizations: The Honor Flight (www.wisconsinhonorflight.org), Smile Train
(cleft lip and palate repair charity: www.smiletrain.org), or Peace United
Church of Christ in Schofield (www.peacechurchucc.com).
John J. Buettgen Funeral Home in Wausau assisted with
arrangements. Condolences may be offered online at www.HonorOne.com.
Mrs. Gibbs was born Oct. 2, 1923, in Plainfield, a daughter
of the late Edgar and Bess (Anderson) Spees. She graduated from Plainfield High
School in 1941.
She served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. She
was a member of the Wisconsin Chapter of the Women Marines Association.
She completed a bachelor’s degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
(UW-Madison) and later finished a master’s degree at UW-Stevens Point, becoming
a substitute teacher for D.C. Everest Area School District.
She was married to Ray Gibbs. He preceded her in death.
In addition to raising her own children, she provided
services to many foster children at the Silver Pump Farm in Weston.
She assisted her husband in farming efforts and in 4-H, FFA
and the Wisconsin Valley Fair. She had a leading role in the Weston Centennial
celebration and the establishment of the cornerstone and fireplace at Kennedy
She served as the organist at Peace Church in Schofield for
many years. She also taught students to play the piano in her home studio. For
many years, she organized and accompanied the singing group known as “The
Candle Light Singers.”
Survivors include one daughter, Betsey Ray Gibbs (Thomas)
LaPointe, Schofield; three sons, Robert (Camilla Bicknell) Gibbs, Monument,
Colo., David (DeDe) Gibbs, Port Edwards, and William (Tami) Gibbs, Rothschild;
one brother, Tom (Elaine) Spees, Rothschild; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Garth Spees
and Bob Spees; and two sisters, Maxine Roecker and Roberta Weymouth.