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.
The family became active members at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Leland. Myra joined the Immanuel Ladies Aid and was Lutheran Women’s Missionary League Zone president for four years. She served as substitute organist for three congregations and then became full time organist for Immanuel for 15 years.
Myra and her family enjoyed working together mowing two ball parks, three cemeteries and two parks. Another family project included helping Richard with his Norris Grade School sports programs.
Myra was preceded in death by her husband, Richard.
She is survived by four children, Rick (Joan), Jeanette (John), Paula and Karl (Debra). Also, she is survived by five loving grandchildren, Amanda, Adrian (Andy), Debbie, Heather and Noelle. Numerous cousins, other relatives and friends will continue to share precious memories and will miss Myra for her consistent loving manner.
It was always Myra’s wishes to please everyone and inconvenience no one. To honor her wishes, the family plans to share a time of reviewing her memories at Martinson’s Funeral Home at a later date. The funeral service and burial will be held in May at a time yet to be determined.
Memorials may be sent to Immanuel Lutheran Church, PO Box 436, Leland, MI 49654 and/or Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 8705 E. Burnside St., Portland, OR 97216.
Please share memories with Myra’s family on her online obituary at www.martinson.info.
Arrangements are with the Martinson Funeral Home of Suttons Bay.