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Shirley Gibson

Shirley Janet Gibson

Friday, July 7th, 1939 - Tuesday, June 25th, 2019
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Shirley Janet Gibson, 79, passed away June 25, 2019. Family and friends will gather for visitation Friday, June 28th from 5:00PM to 7:00PM at Grace Funeral Home, 2401 Houston Hwy. in Victoria. A service celebrating Shirley’s life will be 1:00PM Saturday, June 29th at First Baptist Church Victoria, 301 N. Glass. Burial will follow at Golden Sunset Cemetery.

Shirley was born July 7, 1939 in Mexia, Texas to the late Mary Alba and Thomas B. Rasco. She graduated from Haskell High School in 1957. The day after graduation she married her high school sweetheart, O.D. Gibson.
Together, they moved to New Mexico where they lived in several different El Paso gas camps on the Jicarilla Apache Indian Reservation. They returned to Texas with their first daughter, Darla in 1961. Shirley was a mother and housewife and then in 1963 they had their second daughter Rhonda. She began her college education in the early 1990s while working at the Victoria College library. Shirley obtained her Master’s degree in education in 1986 from University of Houston Victoria. After graduation she taught school in Nordheim, Texas as well as, Edna High School until she retired and 1995. Shirley volunteered at First Baptist Church helping in the office and she was an active member of the community bible study. She loves the Lord and her family and she provided a wonderful example of God‘s grace and kindness. Sunday lunches with her family and friends became a family tradition that lasted over 30 years.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Thomas Allen Rasco.

Shirley is survived by her husband of 62 years, O.D.Gibson; daughters, Darla Stafford (Bill) and Rhonda Tordt (Michael); grandchildren, Robin Phillips (Jeremy), Wade Stafford (Julia), Brandon Stafford (Heather), Jordan Stafford, and Tyler Tordt (Sabby); and 7 great grandchildren; along with numerous other loving family members and friends.

Thoughts and memories may be shared online at www.gracefuneralhome.net. Arrangements and services under the personal care of Grace Funeral Homes & Cemeteries
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, June 28th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Friday, June 28th, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Grace Funeral Home
    Address
    2401 Houston Highway
    VICTORIA, TX 77901
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  • Service

    Saturday, June 29th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    When
    Saturday, June 29th, 2019 1:00pm
    Location
    First Baptist Church ~ Victoria
    Address
    301 N. Glass Street
    VICTORIA, TX 77901
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  • Interment

    Location
    Golden Sunset Cemetery
    Address
    US Hwy 77 S
    VICTORIA, TX 77905
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Darla Fox

Posted at 09:39pm
My deepest sympathies on the loss of your Mom. Sending prayers for you all.
Sincerely, Darla Fox
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Ryan Rasco

Posted at 07:32pm
Aunt Shirley was a great lady who I am glad she was a part of our family. I apologize I was unable to but make it my heart goes out to you all in this time of mourning.
RR

Ryan Rasco

Posted at 07:32pm
Aunt Shirley was a great lady who I am glad she was a part of our family. I apologize I was unable to but make it my heart goes out to you all in this time of mourning.
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Cheryl Pressley

Posted at 04:59pm
Our deepest condolences for your loss. Prayers to the Gibson family. Love Sweetie & Kathy

James Thacker

Posted at 04:20pm
Our deepest sympathies to you and your family at this time of loss. We have such fond memories of y'all while we were your next door neighbors. Mom and Dad really missed the both of you. Ann and I have thought of you several times over the years. Wish we could have come back to Victoria more than we had been able to. Ann was excited to hear the Shirley taught at Nordheim. She went to school there and her mother taught there for many years. I know she will be missed but rejoice in all the memories you have of her. In that way she will never be gone.
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