Louise 'Lou' Gibson


CLINTON — Louise “Lou” Gibson, 97, of Clinton, passed away at 5:10 p.m. on July 15, 2021, at Hickory Point Christian Village, Forsyth.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 19, 2021, at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, with Jim Kilson officiating. Burial will follow at Weldon Cemetery, Weldon. Visitation will be held from 10–11 a.m. on Monday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be directed to Hickory Point Christian Village.

Lou was born on July 6, 1924, in DeWitt County, Illinois, the daughter of Charles Isam and Goldie Mae (Page) Riddle. She married Wendell McBride on January 26, 1947, in DeLand, Ill. He passed away on April 13, 1991.  She later married Jack Gibson on December 23, 1995. He passed away on August 3, 2015.

Survivors include her step-daughter, Connie (and the late Kent) Zimmerman, LeRoy, Ill.; step-grandchildren, Travis (Erin) Zimmerman, Normal, Ill.; Chris (Jennifer) Zimmerman, Bellflower, Ill.; Francis (Kevin) Miller, Bellflower, Ill.; Darcie (Jon) Guadalupe, Hanahan, S.C., six step-great-grandchildren; one step-great-great-Grandchild; several nieces and nephews who rallied and surrounded her these past few weeks.

She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings:  Raleigh Riddle, Geneva Brown, Lester Riddle, Mildred Twist, Lyle “Pete” Riddle, Kenneth Riddle, and Lorin Riddle.

Lou worked at Moore’s Hardware, in Weldon, and at the DeLand State Bank.  She loved to quilt and travel as well as being a great host, cook, and baker.  Lou was the founder of the “Riddle Girl Weekends.” On one “Riddle Girl Weekend,” they all got t-shirts that read “Aunt Lou, the Apple of Our Pie.”

She was a member of the former DeLand United Methodist Church.

Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com

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