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.
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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.
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