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Dorothy Elaine Gibson

June 19, 1924 - July 4, 2011

Dorothy Elaine (Kemp) Gibson, age 87, of Fulton, passed away Monday, July 4, 2011, at her home surrounded by her devoted children. She was born June 19, 1924, in Marion, Ohio, to Edward and Grace Ann (Devereaux) Kemp. She met and married Wilbert Gibson on October 10, 1943. Wilbert "Hoot" Gibson preceded her in death on April 11, 2009. They were partners in life for more than 65 years. As the matriarch, Dorothy was an inspiration to her family and others. She had a bright and inquisitive spirit. Dorothy and Wilbert opened the Gibson Flower Shop in West Chicago, Illinois in 1949. After their move to Missouri, Dorothy and Wilbert spent 20 years working as house parents at Boys Town of Missouri and Dorothy continued that work later at the Missouri Girls Town. Many of the girls fondly called her "Grandma Turtle." Among Dorothy's many interests were her love of history, travel and genealogy. For 50 years, long before there were computers or internet, Dorothy would travel to various libraries and specific historical sites to spend countless hours researching her family line and compiling documentation to establish her membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) along with her daughters and granddaughters. Dorothy Elaine will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by her three daughters, Diana Lee Walsh and her partner Michael Dorneden, of Sycamore, Illinois, Linda Lou Drager and her husband Larry, of Arvada, Colorado, Judith Elaine Gibson of Newbury Park, California; two sons, Scott Wilbert Gibson of Raleigh, North Carolina and Randall Kemp Gibson and his wife Sandra, of Springfield, Illinois; nine grandchildren, Virginia, Bryan, Lane, Tim, Jessica, Melissa, Brittany, Lindsay, and Ashleigh; 13 great- grandchildren, James, Jeremy, Nicholaus, Aaron, Marissa, Kristian, Cole, Jack, Brendan, Brooke, Avery, Kylen and Delaney; one great-great-grandchild; Caleb; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilbert; her parents, Grace and Edward Kemp; and older brother, Richard Edward Kemp. The family will gather on Thursday, July 7, 2011, at her home at 510 Kleewood Drive, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. for an open house. Memorial services will be conducted later with the family. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Preferred Hospice of Columbia, Missouri, or the American Cancer Society. Arrangements are under the direction of Maupin Funeral Home, 301 Douglas Blvd., Fulton. The family wishes to thank the professional and compassionate staff at Preferred Hospice of Columbia, Missouri and Missouri Cancer Associates, LLC, particularly Dr. Vellek, Gay, Gracie and Jim for their loving care over the past eight months.

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