LELAND TOWNSHIP — Myra Jeanette (Peterson) Gibeson, 87, formerly of Leland Township, passed away Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, in Portland, Ore.
Myra was born Oct. 12, 1926, in Fertile, Minn., Polk County, the daughter of the Rev. Christian Nels Peterson and Jeanette Pauline (Thoreson) Peterson. Myra was baptized on Nov. 5, 1926, by her father, the Rev. C.N. Peterson and was sponsored by her uncle and aunt, Lauris and Anna Thoreson and Amanda and Melvin Thoreson.
Myra attended Fertile Public School until 1936 when the Rev. Peterson died and her mother moved to Mankato, Minn. She graduated from Immanuel Lutheran Parochial School in 1941 and won a scholarship to Bethany Lutheran High School and College. She graduated from high school in the spring of 1945. Myra and her mother moved to Seward, Neb., where Myra attended Concordia Teacher’s College and graduated in 1948.
She received a call to teach the first four grades at Immanuel Lutheran School in Columbus, Neb.
On June 11, 1950, Myra married her college sweetheart, Richard E. Gibeson, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Columbus, Neb. They moved to Schuyler, Neb., where Richard had been called to teach and serve the Trinity Lutheran School and Church.
A son, Richard Edward Jr., and daughter, Jeanette Ellen, joined the family, and in 1954 Richard accepted a call to teach fifth and sixth grades at Immanuel Lutheran School in Higginsville, Mo. Richard later became principal of the school and also directed adult and children’s choirs as well as the school band. In 1956 daughter, Paula Elaine, joined the family.
Myra was a substitute teacher on call. In the 1959 1960 school year Myra was called to teach grades five through eight at Corder, Mo.
In 1962 son, Karl Eldon, was added to the family.
On June 16, 1964, the family moved to Lake Leelanau, where Richard would teach with his four-year college roommate at Norris Elementary School in Traverse City.