Dorothy Allen Gibbs

Dec. 16, 1920 – July 15, 2014

OLATHE—Dorothy Allen Gibbs, most recently residing in Olathe, died July 15, 2014, after a brief struggle with pneumonia. She was 93.

She was born Dec. 16, 1920, in Harrison County, Mo., and was the only child of Fred and Lila Smith Allen. She graduated from Fulton High School in 1939.

A beloved home economics teacher, loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, she was also a talented baker and cake decorator, skilled pianist and organist and dedicated genealogy researcher. She will be remembered for her always-cheerful outlook on life, never having an unkind word for anyone.

She received her bachelor’s degree in vocational home economics from Central Missouri State University, Warrensburg, Mo., close to when World War II was gearing up and a time when not many women completed college.

She taught home economics many years in Appleton City and Hamilton, Mo., and her students from J.C. Penney High School in Hamilton continued to correspond with her up until her death.

She married Stanley E. Gibbs June 9, 1946. He preceded her in death. Together they had four children, Carol, Richard, Anita, and James. The family lived in many towns in Missouri and Kansas, eventually settling in Vassar, where Dorothy was an active member of the Vassar United Methodist Church.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; and a daughter, Carol.

She will be fondly remembered and dearly missed by her surviving family, a son, Richard Gibbs, Topeka; a daughter, Anita Elsham and husband, Pete, Leawood; a son, James Gibbs and wife, Donna, Auburn; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A graveside memorial service will be 11 a.m. Aug. 16 at Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Hatton, Mo.

Memorial contributions may be made to Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care of Kansas City, Mo., or Villa St. Francis, Olathe.

Online condolences may be left at www.debofuneralhome.com.

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