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Services for Vivian Janet Gibson, 83, of Ada are at 10 a.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church. The Revs. Jerry Wells, Harold Ware and John Haynes will officiate. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Criswell Funeral Home.
Mrs. Gibson passed away Friday, July 7, 2017, at an Oklahoma City hospital. She was born Feb. 3, 1934, in Tishomingo to Ralph James and Cecil H. Dale Taylor. When she was in the seventh grade, she and her family moved to Ada, where she graduated as valedictorian from Latta High School. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in home economics in three years.
She married Billy R. Gibson May 28, 1954. They met at the Pontotoc County Fair. In 1954, they moved to Stillwater, where Bill finished his last year majoring in agriculture. Since Bill took ROTC, he had a commitment to serve four years. That commitment extended to 21 years in the U.S. Air Force with him attaining the rank of lieutenant colonel.
During those 21 years, they lived in San Antonio, twice; Lubbock, Texas; West Palm Beach, Florida; Montgomery, Alabama, twice; Lincoln, Nebraska; Merced, California; Moultrie, Georgia; Goldsboro, North Carolina; Columbus, Ohio; and the District of Columbia. His last year in the Air Force, Janet moved to Ada while he was stationed at Tinker Air Force Base, traveling across the nation working on Air Force One.
During those years, Janet worked in the music ministries of local Baptist churches playing the piano and organ and singing in the choir or working with children's choirs. When Bill went to Vietnam from 1968 to 1969, Janet moved to Ada where she earned a master's degree in teaching with a major in business education.
In 1955, when Bill retired, Janet went to work for the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service as a home economist, working three years in Coal County and 17 years in Pontotoc County. She was very active in home economics associations. Each year she was allowed to attend a national meeting of one of the three groups. She traveled all over the U.S. and took one trip to Mexico City to meet with their national extension director.
Janet was active in the Farm Bureau Women's Committee in Pontotoc County. She was elected Nov. 13, 2015, and served as district director for the Farm Bureau Women's Committee. She was an active member of First Baptist Church in Ada, the Retired Educators Association and the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Survivors include her husband, Bill of the home; a son, Gary E. Gibson of Oklahoma City; a daughter, Jan M. Long and her husband, Lonnie, of Ada; her grandchildren, the Rev. Aaron Long and his wife, Jannason, Aleina Overman and her husband, the Rev. Walter Overman, Janessa Lawrence and her husband, the Rev. Josh Lawrence and Austin W. Long; her great-grandchildren, Andrew, Wyatt, Audrey and Arabella Long, Hayley, Hadassah, Calvin and Malcolm Overman and Kylee Lawrence; and her brother, Darel Taylor and his sons, Patrick and Chris.
Bearers will be Terry Cluck, Aaron Long, Austin Long, Walter Overman, Andrew Long, Vernon Robinson and Verdo Hooker. Honorary bearers will be Turk Barrett, George Welch and Roy Hall.
Published on July 10, 2017
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