Obituary of Edith M. Gibson
Born in 1937 in Waites Lake Washington near Valley Washington. Her parents were John and Ruth Shumaker. She had a younger sister Jean. Attended school in Valley, then Chewelah and graduated from Cusick High School. In 1955 married Laurence Duncan Keogh. Raised 5 children in Cusick, Spokane and Oakesdale Washington. Duncan (Teri) Keogh, Patty Washburn, John Keogh, Kelly (Pete) Welz and Mark (Merrilee) Keogh. Divorced in 1976. 1978 Married Doyle Gibson in St. Maries Idaho. Edie and Doyle shared a love of camping, golfing, bowling, fishing, hunting and donating.
Edie loved gardening. At one time she had the most amazing garden and loved it dearly. She had irises of every color, knew them by name and gladly shared them. She loved feeding birds and a few squirrels. Critters that did not belong in her yard beware. She could outshoot almost anyone, including her husband. Her pink pellet gun was always ready. She would only pump twice so the critters wouldn’t get hurt. She also loved cats. She had at least one in the house, fed strays and enjoyed the neighbors’ cats that came to visit.
Edie lived life to the fullest. Just last August she was 4-wheeling to pick huckleberries then making her special jam. She was part of the Ladies Golf Association. She loved golf almost as much as coffee with the girls. Edie also loved sewing and a new skill of quilting. Kelly got her hooked. This led to shopping trips that she so enjoyed. Edie also loved the Gonzaga Bulldogs basketball team. Nothing came between her and a game with the Zags. Even a trip to the hospital. She also loved St. Maries and St. Maries loved her back. They looked out for each other.
Edie loved reading. A few years ago, she began to read the Bible. She was moved by the Bible truths that she had learned. These really helped to bring her peace in her final battle. Edie endured several medical issues that would have put an end to most people. This January she was hit by a triple whammy. January 12th ,2024, COVID finally overcame her. She passed at the age of 86. She did not fear death. She had faith in the resurrection and knew God is Love.
In lieu of flowers or gifts, please send a donation to her favorite places. Hospice of Benewah County and Hope’s Haven animal rescue in St. Maries Idaho. Please think of Edie on that first golf swing, when the flowers bloom, when the Zags play and when you have a cup of coffee.
A celebration of life is scheduled to be held this March, date and time will be announced at a later date.