Violet E. Gibbons, 79, formerly of Cambridge, died Thursday, May 24, 2018, in Carlton, Oreg., with her family by her side. A visitation was from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at First Baptist Church, in Geneseo, with the funeral service at 5 p.m. The Rev. Dave Murphy officiated. A life celebration and meal followed the service until 7 p.m. at the church. A graveside committal service was at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 30 at Rosedale Cemetery, in Cambridge. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, in Geneseo. Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, of Cambridge, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Violet E. Gibbons, 79, formerly of Cambridge, died Thursday, May 24, 2018, in Carlton, Oreg., with her family by her side. A visitation was from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at First Baptist Church, in Geneseo, with the funeral service at 5 p.m. The Rev. Dave Murphy officiated. A life celebration and meal followed the service until 7 p.m. at the church. A graveside committal service was at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 30 at Rosedale Cemetery, in Cambridge. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, in Geneseo. Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, of Cambridge, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Violet Ethel Jones was born Sept. 28, 1938, in Tahlequah, Okla., the daughter of Marion P. and Anne Lea (Thomasson) Jones. The family moved to Illinois in 1951. She met and married the love of her life, Jerry A. Gibbons, on Sept. 8, 1956, in Rock Island. Violet worked as a cosmetologist, CNA, LPN and RN. A life beautifully lived, always putting others before herself. She was a member of Edgewood Baptist Church, in Rock Island; the Osco Community Church, in Osco; and First Baptist Church, in Geneseo.

Survivors include her husband, Jerry A. Gibbons; children, Carrie (Michael) Floto, of Cambridge; Gary (Linda) Gibbons, of McMinnville, Ore.; and Sherri (Martin) Mauman, of Carlton, Ore.; 12 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Jerry A. Gibbons Jr.; a daughter, Terri S. Selman; a brother; and two sisters.