Madgeline Virginia “Madge” Gibson
RAPID CITY- Madgeline Virginia “Madge” Gibson, 89, died Tuesday, October 15, 2013 in Rapid City, South Dakota. Madge was born April 24, 1924 in Navarro County to Thomas W. and Lena (Reavis) Nichols. She grew up and attended grade school in Blooming Grove, junior high in Latch and high school in Gilmer, TX . After high school she went to work as a car hop at Thompson’s Café in Corsicana, Tex., where she met her future husband, Verne Leroy Gibson, who was being trained to work on B-52’s. Verne had to return to EAFB, and shortly thereafter he sent Madge a train ticket to come to South Dakota to get married. Verne asked his best man, Frank Rubin, to escort her safely to Rapid City, since he could not do so himself. They were married on February 6, 1943 in Rapid City. Madge always wanted to travel, so when Verne was offered the opportunity to become a quality control inspector for the federal missile program, she encouraged him to join. They took their family on temporary assignments to Colorado, Idaho, Nebraska, Montana, and Washington State all the while maintaining their permanent home in Cleghorn Canyon. During their retirement years, they spent half of the year in Rapid City and the other half in Ennis. Madge was a member of the senior citizens centers in Ennis and Rapid City. Madge is survived by her children: Marlena J. (Thomas D.) Parr, Geneva, Ill; Mark Gibson, Rapid City and Patricia “Patty” (Steve) Griffin, Rapid City; three brothers: Geral (Bobbi) Nichols, Paskell (Betty) Nichols and Terry Nichols, all of Corsicana; her granddaughter, Paula Jean (Matt) Mitchell, of Cedar Rapids, IA and their daughter and Madge’s only great grandchild, Autumn Elizabeth Mitchell and many nieces and nephews in Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Verne L. Gibson on May 30, 1990; son, Gary D. Gibson on April 15, 2010; daughter, Alverna Joyce Gibson Bailey, on June 14, 2012; and twin brothers Billy and Bobby Nichols. Visitation will be from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 20, 2013 at Osheim & Schmidt Funeral Home in Rapid City. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, October 21, 2013 at Calvary Lutheran Church, 5311 Sheridan Lake Road, Rapid City. Interment will follow at 1:30 p.m. at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, South Dakota. A memorial has been established to Calvary Lutheran Church in Rapid City. Her online guestbook is available at www.osheimschmidt.com.