Barbara (Gillette) Gibson

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Barbara Gillette Gibson, 84, passed away on Sept. 23, 2015, from the cancer. Barbara was born in Anoka, Minnesota, on Oct. 27, 1930, to George R. and Goldie Gillette. The Gillette family moved to Bozeman in 1934 and built the family home at 1206 South Grand. Barbara graduated from Gallatin County High School in 1948, and attended Montana State College for two years, where she met her husband Tom.

Barbara married Thomas H. Gibson Sr. in 1950. Tom worked for the Hennessy Company in Livingston, Montana, Pueblo, Colorado, and Aiken, South Carolina, and Butte, Montana, during his 29 years with the Company. When Hennessys closed in Butte in 1980, Tom and Barb purchased South Side Hardware in Butte. Tom passed away in 1982 and Barb operated the store until she sold it in 1987.

Barbara was a member of Chapter AC, P.E.O. She received her 500-hour volunteer pin from the Saint James Ladies Auxiliary for her work as a volunteer at the hospital under the direction of Hazel Mae Moon. She was a 15-year member of the Presbyterian Church English Handbell Choir, and she served many years on the Board of Directors for the Butte Girl Scout Council and for the Butte Chamber of Commerce.

Her parents and husband preceded her in death in 1982, as did her daughter Cynthia Logie in 1995, brother George Gillette Jr. and sisters Irene Newhouse and Marcella Nopper. Survivors include her daughter Janie (and David) Dierenfeldt of Fairmont Hot Springs, and children Hans and Geoff; her son Thomas H. (and Kathy) Gibson Jr. of Bozeman and children Megan and Michelle; son William J. (and Gail) Gibson of Butte and children Hoyt and Forrest; and daughter Tamara Sue (and Joe) Mansanti of Roseburg, Oregon, and children Joanna, Katie, Thomas, Joseph, James, Grace, and Joshua.

She is also survived by her son-in-law Stan (Cynthia) Logie and their children Cianna, Katelyn, and Levi, and Stan's son Bryon, of Dallas, Texas; sister Marjorie Shaw of Bozeman; sister Vivian Durland of Austin, Texas; sister-in-law Hazel Gillette of Manhattan, Montana; brother-in-law Phil Newhouse of Corona, California; and numerous nieces and nephews.

At her request, there will be no formal services. She has been cremated and will be interred at the Bozeman Sunset Hills cemetery where a graveside memorial service and gathering of friends will be held at a later date.

Axelson Alternative Cremation is privileged to serve The Gibson Family.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Sept. 24, 2015
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