Emma Zoe Powell Gibson, 85, died of Alzheimer's disease and its complications Wednesday, Sept. 23, 1998 at the Sunshine Terrace nursing home in Logan, Utah.
She was born Aug. 24, 1913 in Raymond, Alberta, Canada to Olaf Raymond and Eva Eliza Van Wagoner Powell. She moved to Payson, Utah with her family when she was 11. They later moved to Nephi, Utah where her father was chief electrician for Nephi City. She graduated from Nephi High School in 1931. She married Roy E. Gibson July 18, 1935 in the Manti Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He died June 17, 1978. She was an devoted wife, mother, and homemaker. She also helped to manage the Times-News Publishing Company, which she owned with her husband. She telephoned area residents asking them for their social notes, which the paper published. She also took the weather reports from the Nephi and Levan observers and wrote birth announcements. She did subscription billing, helped run the newspaper folding machine, and assisted with the addressing and mailing of the newspapers. She also did print shop bindery and folding jobs by hand. She was a long-time member of the Beta Literary Club and an active member, and officer, of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers. She was active in the LDS Church. She held a variety of jobs, including Primary and Sunday School teacher, president of the Young Women's Mutual Improvement Association, and Cub Scout Den Mother. For many years, she was a Relief Society visiting teacher to the residents of the Colonial Manor nursing home. She enjoyed doing genealogy research and temple work for ancestors with her husband. She moved to Logan in August of 1996 to live with her son, Vance; and moved to Sunshine Terrace in February of 1998.Survivors are four children: Shirley R. and Cliff Birrell of Ephraim; Allan R. and Mariann Gibson of Nephi; Vance P. and Sonya Gibson of Logan; and Daryl R. and Judy Gibson of Springville; 19 grandchildren;16 great-grandchildren; a brother Bert Powell of Nephi; and three sisters, Ida Nelsen of Rohnert Park, CA; Grace Jacobsen of Santa Maria, CA; and Mildred P. Taylor of Orem. She was preceded in death by her
parents, husband, and brothers and sisters:
Raymond, Leah, Rhea, Max, Dean, Vivian and Shirley.
Graveside services will be held at 12 noon, Saturday, Sept. 26th at Vine Bluff Cemetery in Nephi. Friends may call at the Anderson Funeral Home, 95 West 300 North, Nephi from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday prior to the services. Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Anderson Funeral Home in Nephi.
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