Doris Durfee Gibbons, 95, passed away of natural causes Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, at the home of her daughter, Joyce Dye, in Rexburg.
She was born Nov. 25, 1917, in Almo, Idaho, to parents Lorenzo Durfee and Anna Abby Bruesch Durfee. She was the sixth of 12 children. She attended grade school in Almo, and when she graduated from eighth grade, she went to Albion to high school.
It was while she was in Albion that she met Eugene J. Gibbons. They met their senior year and were married Dec. 20, 1937, in the Salt Lake Temple. Throughout the years they were blessed with seven children -- six boys and one girl -- who they raised in Gooding, Idaho.
Doris was a talented quilter, knitter and cook. Many of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were favored with knitted hats, afghans and sweaters. Her quilts won several ribbons at the county fair and were beautifully sewn together. Christmas was a very anticipated holiday for neighbors, friends and family because Doris would share her famous doughnuts and fudge.
Doris was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served in many church callings in the Relief Society and the Primary. She and Gene served a mission in the Church Employment Center and as ordinance workers in the Boise Temple.
After her children started school, Doris worked as a high school secretary and later as a bookkeeper at a department store in Gooding. Doris loved growing things and was always trying new things to grow, like lemon and lime trees and peanuts. Her favorite pastime was going on trail rides with Gene on their horses, Bara and Chico.
Doris is survived by her brothers, Louis Durfee of Gooding, Idaho, and Leland Durfee of Rupert, Idaho; sisters, Aileen Jensen of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, LaRae Taylor of Salt Lake City, Naomi Reed of Bountiful, Utah, and Bernus Waite of Gooding, Idaho; sons, Larry (Judy) Gibbons of Mountain Home, Idaho, Ray Gibbons of Meridan, Idaho, Leland (Marilyn) Gibbons of Vernal, Utah, Jerry (Kelly) Gibbons of Kimberly, Idaho, Terry (Sheryl) Gibbons of Jerome, Idaho, and John (Linda) Gibbons of Alexandria, Va.; daughter, Joyce (Bruce) Dye of Rexburg; 34 grandchildren; and 88 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 64 years, Eugene; five brothers, Elbert, Rulon, Kenneth, Jay and Boyd; and two grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Gooding LDS 1st Ward, 1228 Main St. in Gooding, Idaho, with Bishop Ian Kunz officiating. The family will visit with friends from 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Saturday prior to services at the church. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.flammfh.com.