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Cherry L. Gibson
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Cherry Lorraine (Blackwell) Gibson, 64, of Shenandoah, passed away on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at Nebraska Medicine in Omaha.

Celebration of life funeral services for Cherry will be held on Saturday, July 7, 2018 at 10:00 AM at the Nishna Valley Funeral and Cremation Service in Shenandoah with Nick Matya officiating. The family will greet relatives and friends with viewing and visitation Friday evening, July 6, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at the funeral home. Burial will take place in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah. Memorials in Cherry's name are being directed to her husband, Roger Gibson. Following the committal service at the cemetery everyone is invited for a time of lunch and fellowship with family held at the New Beginnings Church, located at 705 6th Ave in Shenandoah.

The family requests that you please wear something in Cherry's favorite color, purple, to honor her memory to the visitation or funeral service.

Cherry Lorraine Gibson (Blackwell) was born on April 22nd, 1954 at Hand Hospital (Shenandoah Memorial Hospital) in Shenandoah. Surrounded by loving family, Jesus welcomed her home on July 3rd, 2018 at the age of 64 years, 2 months, and 11 days.

Cherry was the baby in the family, born to Jesse and Alice Blackwell. Along with her older brother, Robert, and her older sister, Donna, she spent most of her childhood in the Imogene area.

At the age of 16, Cherry welcomed her only child, Sheila. The two were inseparable, sharing a special bond until the day Cherry took her last breath with Sheila at her side.

Cherry met Roger Gibson in 1977 and it was a whirlwind romance. Despite Alice’s effort to keep them apart with a cast iron skillet, Roger and Cherry were married on June 27th, 1981. This marriage brought Cherry two step-children, Carie and Roger II (Shorty). Roger and Cherry celebrated their 37th anniversary last Wednesday when Cherry was in the hospital.

During most of her younger life, Cherry was a CNA, working at Gardenview, The Ambassador Sidney, and Elm Heights. She also worked alongside Sheila at the Little Duffer.

Cherry was a dedicated Billy Ray Cyrus fan and a VIP member of his #1 Fan Club. She went on many trips to see him perform, including Nashville, Las Vegas, and Branson. She met him several times, and had a room in her house devoted just to him. It was filled with all her souvenirs and was appropriately called “The Billy Ray Room”.

Due to some health injuries, Cherry retired early, spending all her time with family and friends. She became the full-time babysitter for Sheila’s two kids, Krystal and Kassidie. Cherry’s passion was her grandkids. Her joy was sitting outside on the front porch with her feet up, drinking iced tea and watching them play. Her fridge was always full of the best junk food and soda, and you never had to ask if you could have some! She helped raise her grandkids, teaching them about life, love, and forgiveness. No one other than Jesus has shown as much unconditional love as Grandma Cherry.

In most recent years, Cherry was helping raise the next generation of grandkids; her two
great-grandbabies, Khloe and Kynli. She was affectionately called GiGi, and she enjoyed every second of it. She always had their favorite snacks waiting, orange koolaid and Cheetos. The girls loved going to GiGi’s house, where they were always spoiled and never in trouble. They will be raised knowing how incredible GiGi was, as we share the stories of our wonderful times with her.

Cherry was preceded in death by her parents, Jesse and Alice Blackwell; brother, Robert Blackwell; and grandson, Kassidie Runyon.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Roger Gibson and fur-babies Kong and Brook; sister, Donna Cross and husband, Doug; daughter, Sheila Wilcoxson and husband, Dan; granddaughter, Krystal Crowley and husband, Steven (great grandbabies, Khloe and Kynli); step-daughter, Carie Hunt and husband, Clint; step-son, Roger Gibson II and fiancé, Michelle; along with 10 other grandchildren. She also leaves behind several nieces and nephews, and many other friends and fapmily.

Cherry had rededicated her life to Jesus at Kassidie’s funeral on May 16th, 2016. It was then that she began following and serving the Lord. While our hearts on this earth are saddened at the loss of this amazing lady, we rejoice knowing that she is with our savior in Heaven.


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Previous Events

Visitation

Friday

6

Jul

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Nishna Valley Funeral and Cremation Service

405 W Thomas Avenue
Shenandoah, IA 51601

Service

Saturday

7

Jul

10:00 AM
Nishna Valley Funeral and Cremation Service

405 W Thomas Avenue
Shenandoah, IA 51601

Celebration of Life Funeral Service

Cemetery Details

Location

Rose Hill Cemetery

Argus Rd Shenandoah, IA 51601
Shenandoah, IA 51601


Memorial Contribution

Memorials directed to Roger Gibson

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