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Althea L (Swaggart) Gibbs

August 7, 1935 ~ December 23, 2017 (age 82)
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Althea L. Gibbs of Stanfield, Oregon, was born on August 7, 1935 in Heppner, Oregon to parents, Merle Cecil and Luella Agnes Baird Swaggart. She died on December 23, 2017 in Richland, Washington at the age of 82 years. Althea attended Ritter Schoolhouse before her family moved to Athena, Oregon, graduating from McEwen High School in 1953. She married Clayton Gibbs on November 22, 1953 in Yuma, Arizona. They owned and operated a ranch on the Middle Fork of the John Day River near Galena, Oregon. She moved to Stanfield, Oregon in the early 1990's where she has lived since. Althea was past president on FCE (Family Community Education) and longtime secretary of the Western States Junior Rodeo Association. She enjoyed quilting, cooking, flowers, her Roundup Athletic Club swim group and cherished time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her son Zane Gibbs (Janice), Stanfield, OR; daughter: Marcy Rosenberg (Brad), Pendleton, OR; brother: Cecil Swaggart, Hermiston, OR; sister: Marylou Blackwell, Long Creek, OR; grandchildren: Zane (Andde), Lindsey (Jake), Clay, Dustin (AnneMarie), Cheri, Leslie, Clayton & William; numerous great grandchildren, nieces, nephews & cousins.

Althea was preceded in death by her husband, son: Bill Gibbs, her parents, and a sister: Betty Kennedy.    

A celebration gathering will be held on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 1:00 P.M. at the Pendleton Eagles Lodge, 428 E. Main St., Pendleton, Oregon.

Those who wish may make contributions in Althea’s memory to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research, 1100 Fairview Ave. North, Seattle, WA 98109.

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Burns Mortuary of Hermiston, Oregon is in care of arrangements.

 Service Information

Celebration of Life
January 13, 2018

1:00 PM
Pendleton Eagles Lodge
428 S. Main St.
Pendleton, OR 97801

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